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Book Series

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) Series publishes cutting-edge research in the pivotal field of authoritarianism and democratization studies. We live in a historical moment when democracies seem increasingly fragile and authoritarian regimes seem stubbornly resilient across the globe, and these topics continue to be a central part of research in the social sciences. The WCED Series strives to collect a balance of titles on emerging democracies and enduring dictatorships, as one cannot understand the conditions under which democracies live and thrive without comprehending how they die and remain unborn. The WCED Series is interested in the full range of research being conducted on authoritarianism and democratization, primarily in political science but at times from history, sociology, and anthropology as well. The series encompasses a global geographic reach. We invite works that are primarily qualitative as well as quantitative in approach and are interested in edited volumes as well as solo-authored manuscripts.

The series highlights the leading role of the University of Michigan Press, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, and International Institute as premier sites for the research and production of knowledge on the conditions that make democracies emerge and dictatorships endure.

List of works published in the series:

Aid Imperium: United States Foreign Policy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War Southeast Asia
Salvador Santino F. Regilme, Jr.

Campaigns and Voters in Developing Democracies: Argentina in Comparative Perspective
Noam Lupu, Virginia Oliveros, and Luis Schiumerini, Editors

Electoral Reform and the Fate of New Democracies: Lessons from the Indonesian Case
Sarah Shair-Rosenfield 

Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability: Duration, Financial Control, and Institutions
Victor C. Shih, Editor

Normalizing Corruption: Failures of Accountability in Ukraine
Erik S. Herron 

Opposing Democracy in the Digital Age: The Yellow Shirts in Thailand
Aim Sinpeng

The Development of Political Institutions: Power, Legitimacy, Democracy
Federico Ferrara

Opposing Power: Building Opposition Alliances in Electoral Autocracies
Elvin Ong

The Dictator’s Dilemma at the Ballot Box: Electoral Manipulation, Economic Maneuvering, and Political Order in Autocracies
Masaaki Higashijima

Struggles for Political Change in the Arab World: Regimes, Oppositions, and External Actors after the Spring
Lisa Blaydes, Amr Hamzawy, and Hesham Sallam, Editors

Ghosts in the Neighborhood: Why Japan is Haunted by Its Past and Germany Is Not
Walter F. Hatch

Forthcoming works in the series:

Lobbying the Autocrat: The Dynamics of Policy Advocacy in Non-Democracies
Max Grömping and Jessica C. Teets, Editors