The Real Lessons of the Interwar Years

July 2017

Analogies with interwar Europe are often misdirected. In the 1920s and 1930s, regime breakdowns occurred in struggling new democracies, but established democratic systems exhibited remarkable endurance. 

The Medieval Roots of Democracy

June 2015

Europe in the Middle Ages was hardly democratic, but it did have law-based institutions that could and did stay the hands of kings, laying a crucial basis for future state-building and democracy-building alike.

The Third Wave: Inside the Numbers

October 2013

Is democracy threatened by a “reverse wave”? Examining regional patterns and distinguishing between different types of democracy gives us a new basis for assessing this question.

Listen to the podcast with authors Jørgen Møller and Svend-Erik Skaaning [mp3]

Regime Types and Democratic Sequencing

January 2013

How should we define the stages of democracy and their sequencing? Although some scholars argue that the rule of law should come first, today it should be viewed as the final piece of the liberal-democratic puzzle.

Books in Review: Equality or Liberty?

October 2006

A review of Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy by Daren Acemoglu and James A. Robinson