Contemporary Challenges to Democracy: Comparative Perspectives and the Way Forward

What explains why democracies have endured or broken down? What explains why dictatorships have survived or fallen? What explains waves of regime change?

The recently published book by Scott Mainwaring and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán argue for a theoretical approach situated between long-term structural and cultural explanations and short-term explanations that look at the decisions of specific leaders. We would be discussing this finding with Aníbal Pérez-Linán and a group of scholars from CMI from a comparative perspective. Lise Rakner would concentrate on the analysis of the democratization in Africa, Kjetil Selvik on the Arab world, and Kendra Dupuy on the role of natural resources. Andrea Castagnola will be the moderator for this discussion.

Aníbal Pérez-Liñán is an Associate Professor of Political Science and a member of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is author of Presidential Impeachment and the New Political Instability in Latin America (2007) and has published articles in the Journal of Politics, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, and Electoral Studies, among others.

The seminar is held at Bergen Resource Centre for International Development, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen.

11:00-12.30 Free and open for all!