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WCED Panel. What's Up with Authoritarian Elections?

Presenters: Erica Frantz, Masaaki Higashijima, Carl Henrik Knutsen, Alberto Simpser; Moderator: Allen Hicken
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
4:30-6:00 PM
1010 Weiser Hall Map
Erica Frantz is an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University. She specializes in authoritarian politics, democratization, conflict, and development. She has published six books on dictatorships and development, the most recent of which is “Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know” (Oxford University Press).

Allen Hicken is a professor of political science at the University of Michigan. He studies political institutions and political economy in developing countries with a primary focus on political parties and party systems in developing democracies and their role in policy making. His regional specialty is Southeast Asia where he has worked in Thailand, the Philippines, and Cambodia. He is the author of “Building Party Systems in Developing Democracies,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2009.

Masaaki Higashijima is an associate professor of political science at Tohoku University, Japan and a visiting research scholar in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. Before arriving in Tohoku, he was a Post-Doctoral Max Weber Fellow at European University Institute and an assistant professor at Waseda University in Tokyo. His research interests include comparative political economy, autocratic politics, democratization, civil conflict, ethnic politics and Central Asia. His articles related to these topics appeared in “British Journal of Political Science,” the “Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Studies in Comparative International Development,” and “World Development.”

Carl Henrik Knutsen is a professor of political science at the University of Oslo (UiO) and Research Group Leader for the Comparative Institutions and Regimes (CIR) group at the same department. He also holds a secondary position as Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), is co-PI of Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), and is a member of the Norwegian Young Academy. He defended his PhD, "The Economic Effects of Democracy and Dictatorship," at the University of Oslo in 2011. Knutsen's research concerns, for example, the economic effects of political institutions, democracy measurement, and the determinants of autocratic breakdown and democratization.

Alberto Simpser is an associate professor of political science at ITAM in Mexico City. He is the author of “Why Governments and Parties Manipulate Elections” (Cambridge University Press 2013), coeditor (with Tom Ginsburg) of “Constitutions in Authoritarian Regimes” (Cambridge University Press 2014), and has published articles in the “American Journal of Political Science,” “Journal of Politics,” “Public Opinion Quarterly,” “Latin American Research Review,” and “Annual Review of Political Science,” among others. He has a PhD in political science from Stanford University. His research interests include the political economy of development, democracy, election fraud, corruption, political culture, and political methodology. Prior to joining ITAM in 2014 he served on the faculty of the University of Chicago’s political science department as assistant professor.

Organized by the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies with support from the Center for Political Studies (U-M) and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

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Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Authoritarianism, Democracy, Elections, International, Politics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, International Institute, Center for Political Studies - Institute for Social Research

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