Democracy and Autocracy is the official newsletter of the American Political Science Association’s Democracy and Autocracy section (formerly known as the Comparative Democratization section). Previously published at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden under the name The Annals of Comparative Democratization, the newsletter moves to U-M under executive editors Dan Slater (WCED director, political science) and Rob Mickey (political science).
WCED’s first issue is Volume 18, dedicated to the question, “Is Democracy Promotion Dead?” It features articles written by three teams of scholars who authored reports for USAID’s “Theories of Democratic Change Research Initiative” from 2013-2018. The issue also includes a book author exchange, showcasing exciting new research by Jessica Trisko Darden (American University) and Inken von Borzyskowski (University College London). WCED Postdoctoral Fellow Matthew Cebul (Ph.D. Yale, 2019) serves as guest editor for Volume 18.
WCED established a precedent for future issues by bringing the newsletter authors to U-M on February 4, 2020 for a public roundtable discussion. Video of the lively discussion on “Is Democracy Promotion Dead?” is available on YouTube. WCED looks forward to hosting similar public events featuring newsletter authors for each issue, to compliment and build upon the written symposium.
Volume 18, along with past issues of the newsletter, can be found on the APSA Democracy and Autocracy section website.