Democracy Aid in Challenging Contexts: APSA-CD Newsletter October 2016

“Amidst the current global authoritarian advance, political conditions for democracy aid are becoming increasingly challenging. In many countries, democracy promoters face the resistance of ever more self-confident authoritarian incumbents and their international allies. State fragility and civil war further impede international efforts to support democracy. Thus, doubts about the effectiveness of democracy aid are spreading,” writes guest editor Anna Lurhmann in her introduction to the APSA-Comparative Democratization October 2016 newsletter exploring “Democracy Aid in Challenging Contexts.”

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  • The Promise and Perils of Democracy Assistance in Authoritarian Regimes by Sarah Bush (Temple University)
  • Contextualizing Democracy Promotion by Julia Leininger (German Development Institute)
  • The Paradox of Democracy Aid to Closed Autocracies by Anna Luhrmann (University of Gothenburg)
  • Democracy Aid in the Middle East by Erin A. Snider (Texas A&M University)
  • Election Observers and Electoral Fraud by Sarah Brierley (University of California, Los Angeles) and George Ofosu (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Democracy Promotion and Political Polarization  by Johannes Bubeck (University of Mannheim) and Nikolay Marinov (University of Mannheim)


APSA-CD Newsletter is produced three times per year and features 3-5 original articles on democratization, as well as bibliographic information on new research from leading political scientists and academic journals.

The International Forum for Democratic Studies serves as the Secretariat for the APSA-Comparative Democratization section, and each issue of APSA-CD is jointly produced by the Forum and the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) at the University of Gothenburg.


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