Today, studies on democratization and its opposite, autocratization, are characterized by conceptual, theoretical and methodological pluralism, and studies on changes to both coexist, and account for the role of the national and international circulation and diffusion of ideas, and on the consequences of these processes of change on societies.
Democratization and Autocratization Studies offers itself as space for the debate and reference point for all those interested in understanding the most recent regime transition and transformation processes, and to follow the latest developments in the discipline.
The series examines the determinants, modalities, actors, consequences, and correlates of both democratization and autocratization globally, and accepts both empirically grounded and theoretical works. It considers sole- or jointly-authored, and edited, volumes, both full length and shorter, as well as handbooks. All proposals are subjected to peer review.
If you have an idea for a new book in Democratization and Autocratization Studies, please send a written proposal to the Series Editors:
Luca Tomini, Université libre de Bruxelles [email protected]
Challenges of Democracy in the 21st Century Concepts, Methods, Causality and the Quality of Democracy
Political Participation, Diffused Governance, and the Transformation of Democracy Patterns of Change
When Democracies Collapse Assessing Transitions to Non-Democratic Regimes in the Contemporary World
Politics and Democracy in Microstates
Democratization in EU Foreign Policy New member states as drivers of democracy promotion
The Conceptual Politics of Democracy Promotion
By Luca Tomini, Giulia Sandri
April 30, 2018
The effectiveness and capacity of survival of democratic regimes has been recently and widely questioned in the public and political debate. Both democratic institutions and political actors are increasingly confronted with rapid economic and societal transformations that, at least according to ...
By Yvette Peters
November 30, 2017
Although democratic governments have introduced a number of institutional reforms in part intended to increase citizens’ political involvement, studies show a continued decline in regular political engagement. This book examines different forms of political participation in democracies, and in what...
By Luca Tomini
October 31, 2017
While the process of democratization is nowadays an established scholarship, the reverse process of de-democratization has generated less attention even when the regression or even breakdown of democracy occurred on a regular basis over past decades. This book investigates both the different ...
By Anastassia V. Obydenkova, Alexander Libman
June 30, 2017
In recent decades, the regions of Russia have taken different paths of regime transition. Despite the consolidation of an autocratic regime at national level and the centralization steered by Vladimir Putin’s government, the variation across sub-national regimes persists. Using an innovative ...
By Wouter Veenendaal
June 30, 2017
Why are small states statistically more likely to have a democratic political system? By addressing this question from a qualitative and comparative methodological angle, this book analyses the effects of a small population size on political competition and participation. By comparing the four ...
By Shamsul M. Haque, Anastase Shyaka, Gedeon M. Mudacumura
June 07, 2017
This edited volume brings together critical insights that address the multifaceted problems of governance and democracy in the developing regions with specific reference to Africa. It explores both the externally prescribed and home-grown governance initiatives geared toward democracy and ...
By Benedetta Berti, Kristina Mikulova, Nicu Popescu
June 16, 2017
New democracies are uniquely positioned to promote democratic values and have a competitive advantage in the global democracy assistance industry. This book examines the attempts of one group of young democracies, from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), to channel this pro-democracy agenda into both...
By Brian C. Smith
February 28, 2017
Judiciaries must be politically impartial and immune from political interference if democracy is to be consolidated in countries in transition from authoritarian rule. Without an independent judiciary there can be no rule of law, and without the rule of law there can be no democracy. Judges and ...
By Luca Tomini
February 07, 2017
At first, it was believed that accession to the EU would have a positive effect on the process of democratization in former communist countries. However, over time it became clear that difficulties with the democratic system endured in a number of these countries. This book reconsiders the results...
By Nelli Babayan
November 10, 2016
Although "democracy promotion" has become a popular term for policy makers and scholars, democratization is rarely a smooth or linear transition. While some countries quickly democratize, others lag behind despite a long period of democracy promotion activities. Furthermore, while democracy ...
By David E. Kiwuwa
September 16, 2016
This book offers an examination of how a deeply divided post-conflict society embarks on democratic transition. Using Rwanda as the case study, it combines analysis of democratic transition and ethnopolitical debate, asking why deeply divided ethnic societies have a tendency to fail. Though ...
By Christopher Hobson, Milja Kurki
April 27, 2016
How do different meanings of the concept of ‘democracy’ operate in democracy promotion? How do conceptual decisions influence real political events? How is policy and reflection on democracy promotion shaped by the way different practitioners and scholars understand democracy? The Conceptual ...