Steve Levitsky is faculty director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard (DRCLAS) and professor of government at Harvard University. He is coauthor of the 2018 New York Times bestseller How Democracies Die, with Daniel Ziblatt. In it, they argue that democracies die not because of revolutions or military coups, but due to the slow weakening of critical institutions and the gradual erosion of political norms.
Levitsky is a former Kellogg visiting fellow and an expert on Latin American politics. His research interests include political parties, authoritarianism and democratization, and weak and informal institutions. He is researching the durability of revolutionary regimes, the relationship between populism and competitive authoritarianism, problems of party-building in contemporary Latin America, and party collapse and its consequences for democracy in Peru.
He is co-author, with former Kellogg Visiting Fellow Lucan Way, of Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (2010); author of Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective (2003); and co-editor of The Resurgence of the Left in Latin America (2011), Informal Institutions and Democracy: Lessons from Latin America (2006), and Argentine Democracy: The Politics of Institutional Weakness (2005). He has contributed to a number of Kellogg Working Paper Series and to volumes resulting from Kellogg conferences, including Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay and Collapse, edited by Scott Mainwaring, former director of the Kellogg Institute (Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Informal Institutions and Comparative Politics: A Research Agenda
Working Paper Number: 307
Published: September 2003
Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: The Argentine Justicialista Party in Comparative Perspective
Working Paper Number: 288
Published: July 2001
Life After Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide Conference
Kellogg Scholars Contribute to New Book on Inclusionary Politics in Latin America
Sep 20, 2021
Cambridge University Press has published a book that features many Kellogg-affiliated scholars.
Levitsky Named Director of DRCLAS
Sep 10, 2020
Former Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow Steven Levitsky has been named faculty director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard (DRCLAS).