Democracy in Hard Places


Tarek Masoud
Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Governance
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Kellogg Institute Distinguished Research Affiliate

Scott Mainwaring
Eugene and Helen Conley Professor of Political Science
Kellogg Institute Faculty Fellow

Kellogg Distinguished Research Affiliate Tarek Masoud and Faculty Fellow Scott Mainwaring will discuss the main lessons and the aspirational contributions of their recently published book, Democracy in Hard Places (Oxford University Press, 2022). The book argues that scholars and practitioners interested can learn much from democracies that survived for an extended time in inhospitable terrain. What is the secret of democratic longevity in such hard places? This book brings unlikely cases of democratic survival front and center in an effort to derive lessons about what makes democracy stick in difficult conditions.