Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites, and Regime Change

Victor Menaldo and Michael Albertus. “Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites, and Regime Change." Perspectives on Politics. vol. 16, no. 4, 2018. 

The study of democracy is one of the most long-standing and venerable traditions within comparative politics. And it has never been more relevant: After the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ensuing wave of democratic transitions, the majority of the world’s countries achieved democracy. Its march seemed unstoppable. Scholarship did not entirely keep pace. Notwithstanding several seminal contributions, such as Adam Przeworski et al.’s Democracy and Development (2000), there were few novel takes on democratic change.

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