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Democracy and Autocracy Newsletter

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). 

Current and past issues of the newsletter can be found on the APSA Democracy and Autocracy section website.

The latest issue of Democracy and Autocracy, released in June 2020, addresses the topic, "Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability." As guest editor and WCED Postdoctoral Fellow Natalia Forrat writes, this issue "is an invitation to think about the possible effects of the current economic crisis on authoritarian regimes. The contributions are based on Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability, edited by Victor Shih and just published by the University of Michigan Press as part of the WCED Book Series. Its authors explore cases as diverse as Russia, Iran, Jordan, GDR, Bulgaria, and Cuba to consider the factors that conditioned the impact of past economic crises on authoritarian regimes and may affect the autocrats’ response to the current crisis."

WCED’s first issue, Volume 18(1), is 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. 

The newsletter authors gathered at U-M on February 4, 2020 for a public roundtable discussion. Video is available on YouTube