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Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (Series)

The Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) Series publishes cutting-edge research in the pivotal field of authoritarianism and democratization studies. We live in a historical moment when democracies seem increasingly fragile and authoritarian regimes seem stubbornly resilient across the globe, and these topics continue to be a central part of research in the social sciences. The WCED Series strives to collect a balance of titles on emerging democracies and enduring dictatorships, as one cannot understand the conditions under which democracies live and thrive without comprehending how they die and remain unborn.

The WCED Series is interested in the full range of research being conducted on authoritarianism and democratization, primarily in political science but at times from history, sociology, and anthropology as well. The series encompasses a global geographic reach. We invite works that are primarily qualitative as well as quantitative in approach and are interested in edited volumes as well as solo-authored manuscripts.

The series highlights the leading role of the University of Michigan Press, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, and International Institute as premier sites for the research and production of knowledge on the conditions that make democracies emerge and dictatorships endure.

Series Editor
Dan Slater ( is Professor of Political Science, Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professor of Emerging Democracies, and Director of the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) at the University of Michigan.

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Autocrats Can't Always Get What They Want

State Institutions and Autonomy under Authoritarianism

Discovering why autocrats may not be in total control

None of the Above

Protest Voting in Latin American Democracies

How citizens casting an invalid vote still contribute to democracy

Seeds of Mobilization

The Authoritarian Roots of South Korea's Democracy

Examines the roles of industrialization and tertiary education in Korea’s nonlinear path to democracy

Lobbying the Autocrat

The Dynamics of Policy Advocacy in Nondemocracies

The surprising symbiosis between dictators and citizen lobbyists complicates our understanding of autocratic regimes

Ghosts in the Neighborhood

Why Japan Is Haunted by Its Past and Germany Is Not

Uneasy neighbors

Struggles for Political Change in the Arab World

Regimes, Oppositions, and External Actors after the Spring

Long-term effects of the Arab Spring

The Dictator's Dilemma at the Ballot Box

Electoral Manipulation, Economic Maneuvering, and Political Order in Autocracies

Dictators don't dance

The Dictator's Dilemma at the Ballot Box

Electoral Manipulation, Economic Maneuvering, and Political Order in Autocracies

Dictators don't dance

Opposing Power

Building Opposition Alliances in Electoral Autocracies

Why Opposition Parties Use Alliances to Fight Autocracy, and When They Don't

The Development of Political Institutions

Power, Legitimacy, Democracy

Human motivation and historical influence in political development

Aid Imperium

United States Foreign Policy and Human Rights in Post-Cold War Southeast Asia

How US foreign policy affects state repression

Normalizing Corruption

Failures of Accountability in Ukraine

Accountability and corruption in Ukraine

Economic Shocks and Authoritarian Stability

Duration, Financial Control, and Institutions

What topples a statue?

Electoral Reform and the Fate of New Democracies

Lessons from the Indonesian Case

How elites influenced major electoral reform in the emerging democracy of Indonesia

Campaigns and Voters in Developing Democracies

Argentina in Comparative Perspective

The 2015 Argentine election shows how voting decisions vary across developing democracies