Daniel Treisman (UCLA): Democratization Over Time. Jorgen Moller and Svend-Erik Skaaning (Aarhus): The Third Wave: Inside the Numbers. Thiago Marzagao (OSU): Ideological Bias in Democracy Measures. Denis Burakov (Denver): Revisiting Democratization Theory. Alfred Moore (Cambridge): Between Competence and Consent: Democratic Theory and Expertise. Luis Camacho (GDI): Understanding Regime Support in New and Old Democracies: The Role of Performance and Democratic Experience. Balazs Szent-Ivanyi (Corvinus): Are Democratizing Countries “Rewarded” with Higher Levels of Foreign Aid? Christian Bjornskov (Aarhus) and Martin Rode (Navarra): Democratic Transitions and Institutional Change: What's Behind the Association? Mike Albertus (Chicago) and Victor Menaldo (Washington): Gaming Democracy: Elite Dominance during Transition and the Prospects for Redistribution. Daron Acemoglu and Pascual Restrepo (MIT), Suresh Naidu (Columbia), and James Robinson (Harvard): Democracy Does Cause Growth (and more). Yannick Pengl (ETH): Strong Theories, Weak Evidence: The Effect of Economic Inequality on Democratization. Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood became more illiberal after its first brush with power — sparking an authoritarian reaction that makes a democratic future seem further away. Thanassis Cambanis on one lesson of the Arab Spring — we’re putting billions of dollars into efforts that may not help. Warlord politics aren’t always bad for democracy: As Charles Tilly reminded us years ago, the crafting of democracy is a messy process than can involve unsavory characters — but that doesn't mean it isn't working. At the “end of history” still stands democracy: Francis Fukuyama on how twenty-five years after Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall's fall, liberal democracy still has no real competitors. You can download The Democratic Challenge: Democratization and De-Democratization in Global Perspective by Jorge Nef and Bernd Reiter (2008).

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