Political Science Now

Theme Panel: Authors Meet Critics

Authors Meet Critics: Parties, Movements, and Democracy in the Developing World

This volume analyzes regime politics in the developing world – including Southeast Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. By focusing on the civilian, collective actors that forge democracy and sustain it, this book moves beyond materialist arguments focusing on GDP, poverty, and inequality. With case material from four continents, this volume emphasizes the decisive role played by parties and movements in forging democracy against the odds. These pivotal collectivities are consistently the key civilian collectivities that successfully mobilized for democracy, that helped forge enduring democratic institutions, and that shaped the quality of the democracies that emerged; they are the ones tasked with mobilizing along a range of social cleavages, confronting seemingly inhospitable conditions, coordinating the process of regime change, and seeking to advance (or hinder) political legitimacy (the theme of the 2017 APSA conference). While the presence of parties and movements alone is not sufficient to explain the founding and legitimacy of democracy, their absence is detrimental to enduring democratic regimes. Thus, this volume refocuses our attention on parties and movements as critical mechanisms of regime change.

Participants
Deborah Yashar, Princeton University (Chair)
Robert R. Kaufman, Rutgers University, New Brunswick (Presenter)
Daniel F. Ziblatt, Harvard University (Presenter)
Nancy Bermeo, Princeton University (Presenter)
Erik Martinez Kuhonta, McGill University (Presenter)
Rachel Beatty Riedl, Northwestern University (Presenter)
Kenneth M. Roberts, Cornell University (Presenter)
Maya Jessica Tudor, Oxford University (Presenter)
David Waldner, (Presenter)