Democratization Theory Research Cluster Workshop

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Workshop Organizers: Faculty Fellows Michael Coppedge (political science), Gary Goertz (political science), Aníbal Pérez-Liñan (political science), Dianne M. Pinderhughes (Africana studies and political science), and Samuel Valenzuela (sociology).

The Democratization Theory research cluster continues the Kellogg Institute's long tradition as a center for innovative thinking in democratization theory. For decades, the concepts and measures used in democratization research have fallen short of being able to adequately capture the diversity, complexity, and dynamism of political regimes. As both older and newer democracies experience democratic retrogression rather than advancement, fresh thinking is needed.

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Panel I: International Factors

“Effects of U.S. Foreign Assistance on Democracy Building, 1990-2014: An Update”
Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Steven E. Finkel, Michael Neureiter, and Chris A. Belasco

“International Influences on Democratization”
Michael Coppedge, Benjamin Denison, Paul Friesen, Lucia Tiscornia

“The Measure of CEDAW: Religion, Religious Freedom, and the Rights of Women”
Barbara Walters

“International Norms”
Samuel Valenzuela

Panel II: Activism

“What Do We Know about Resistance to Democratic Subversion?”
Andreas Schedler

“Subterranean and Public Activism: Anti-Corruption Reform in Brazil”
Luiz Vilaça

"The Rise of the Contentious Right: Conceptualizing and Explaining Strategies of Conservative Partisan Mobilization in Latin America (2012-2016)"
Tomás Gold Alejandro M. Peña

12:30pm–1:00 pm
Lunch Served

Panel III: Methods

“Dictators’ Quandary: Party Pluralism and Regime Change”
Natán Skigin and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán

“From Regime Preference to Democratic Suitability: Revisiting Public Support for Democratization in China”
Zhongyun Zhang

“Developing a Theoretical Imagination: In Defense of Methodological Promiscuity”
Thomas Mustillo


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