APSA-CD Newsletter: “Regime Change: Useful Lessons from the Past”

Democratization scholars analyze historical cases of regime change in the November 2014 issue of the American Political Science Association–Comparative Democratization section newsletter. As new research increasingly focuses on understanding democratic backsliding and authoritarianism, the newsletter’s contributing authors seek to apply lessons learned from past transition experiences to current political developments around the world.


  • The Diffusion of Authoritarianism: Europe and Latin America by Kurt Weyland (University of Texas)
  • Mores and Institutions: Tocquevillian Insights and Postcommunist Democratizations by Venelin I. Ganev (Miami University)
  • Rethinking Backsliding: Insights from the Historical Turn in Democratization Studies by Amel Ahmad (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
  • Old Concept, New Cases: One-Party Dominance in the Third Wave by Kharis Templeman (Stanford University)