A new book co-edited by Kellogg Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge titled Why Democracies Develop and Decline has been published by Cambridge University Press. Contributions to the book were made by Coppedge, former Visiting Fellow John Gerring, and former Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellows Benjamin Denison, Paul Friesen (PhD Fellow), and Lucía Tiscornia (PhD Fellow), among others.

The book draws on data from the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project to present a comprehensive overview and rigorous empirical tests of the factors that contribute to democratization and democratic decline, looking at economic, social, institutional, geographic, and international factors. Individual chapters present state-of-the art theories and empirical insights on a wide variety of topics pertaining to democratization.