Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Contemporary Democracy and Authoritarianism

In this Section:

This research cluster examines the dynamics of authoritarianism and democracy in the contemporary world. We are particularly interested in authoritarian resilience and legitimacy, hybrid and transitional regimes, democracy at the grassroots level, the quality of democratic systems, and international relations between authoritarian and democratic states.

This cluster brings together POLIS researchers and other colleagues from around the University of Leeds working in areas including comparative politics, political philosophy, international development and international security.

We have a broad empirical focus with specific expertise in the politics of the Middle East, Africa, Southeast and East Asia, and Europe. While we are sensitive to historical legacies and long-term trends, we are particularly concerned with the contemporary theory and practice of democratic and authoritarian politics. We aim to tackle cutting-edge problems that are of direct relevance to citizens, non-governmental organisations and policymakers around the world.

Dr Hendrik Kraetzschmar
Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Director of Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Tel: 0113 343 3423
Email: h.j.kraetzschmar@leeds.ac.uk

Kris Dunn (with Shane P. Singh) (2014) ‘Pluralistic Conditioning: Social Tolerance and Effective Democracy’ Democratization 21(1): 1-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2012.697056

Lars Berger (2013) ‘Country Focus: Saudi Arabia’ Political Insight 4(3): 22-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/2041-9066.12033

Kris Dunn (with Shane Singh) (2013) ‘Veto Players, the Policymaking Environment, and the Expression of Authoritarian Attitudes’ Political Studies 61(1): 119-141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00959.x

Hendrik Jan Kraetzschmar (2013) ‘Empowerment through the Ballot Box? Women’s Suffrage and Electoral Participation in the Saudi Chambers of Commerce and Industry’ Journal of Arabian Studies 3(1): 102-119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21534764.2013.802943

Neil Winn (with Christoph Bluth) (2013) ‘The European Union and Security on the Korean Peninsula: Collective Security, Confidence-Building and Arms Control’ in Axel Marx et al. (eds.) EU – Korea Relations in a Changing World (KU Leuven, Seoul National University) 289-304. https://ghum.kuleuven.be/ggs/publications/books/rapport-ggs-eu-korea-relations-in-a-changing-world.pdf

Lars Berger (2012) ‘Guns, Butter, and Human Rights: The Congressional Politics of U.S. Aid to Egypt’ American Politics Research 40(4): 603-635. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1532673X11433767

Kris Dunn (2012) ‘Voice and Trust in Parliamentary Representation’ Electoral Studies 31(2): 393-405. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2012.01.006

Hendrik Jan Kraetzschmar (ed.) (2012) The Dynamics of Opposition Cooperation in the Arab World: Contentious Politics in Times of Change (London: Routledge). http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415506380/

James Worrall (2012) ‘Oman: The ‘Forgotten Corner’ of the Arab Spring’ Middle East Policy 19(3). http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4967.2012.00550.x

Lars Berger (2011) ‘The Missing Link? U.S. Policy and the International Dimensions of Failed Democratic Transitions in the Arab World’ Political Studies 59(1): 38-55. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2010.00853.x

Gordon Crawford (with Gabrielle Lynch) (2011) ‘Democratization in Africa 1990-2010: an assessment' Democratization 18(2): 275-310. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2011.554175

Hendrik Jan Kraetzschmar (with John Schwarzmantel) (eds.) (2011) Democracy and Violence: Global Debates and Local Challenges (London: Routledge). http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415609579/


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