Comparative Political Studies

Former Visiting Fellow Kristin McKie published a new article in Comparative Political Studies about the trajectories of presidential term limits in various regions of the world during the third wave of democratization.  She argues that "trends in electoral competition over time best predict term limit outcomes, with noncompetitive elections permitting full abolition, less competitive elections allowing for one-term extensions, and competitive elections leading to failed bids."  These results are interpreted to mean that political uncertainty lends itself towards constitutional stability.