Program - Conference on Non-Democratic Regimes

June 11th and 12th, Yale University
Sponsored by the Georg Walter Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy. Conference Organizer: Alexandre Debs.

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Friday June 11th
8.15am Catered breakfast available

8.30am-8.45am Welcome

8.45am-10.30am: Panel I
Development, Growth and the Stability of Dictatorships

Carles Boix (Princeton University)
“Transitions to Democracy, Development, and the International System”

Joseph Wright (Penn State University)
“Economic Conditions and Support for Authoritarian Leaders: Evidence from Survey Data”

Discussant: Christian Houle (University of Rochester and Trinity College, Dublin)

10.30am-10.45am Coffee break

10.45am-11.40am: Panel II
Protest and Repression

Beatriz Magaloni (Stanford University)
“Taking to the Streets: Theory and Evidence on Protest under Authoritarianism” (with Ruth Kricheli and Yair Livne)

Discussant: Lisa Blaydes (Stanford University and Harvard University)

11.40am-12.55pm: Catered Lunch

12.55pm-2.40pm: Panel III

Peter Lorentzen (University of California at Berkeley)
“Flying Blind: Authoritarian Political Cycles”

Alexandre Debs (Yale University)
“Living by the Sword and Dying by the Sword: Leadership Transitions in and out of Dictatorships”

Discussant: Jennifer Gandhi (Emory University)

2.40pm-2.55pm: Coffee Break

2.55pm-4.40pm: Panel IV
The International Environment

Monika Nalepa (University of Notre Dame)
“The International Criminal Court – Spoiler or Promoter of Democratization? International Transitional Justice and Peaceful Democratic Transitions” (with Emilia Justyna Powell)

Jessica Weeks (Cornell University)
“Authoritarian Regimes, Domestic Politics and War”

Discussant: Scott Wolford (University of Colorado at Boulder)

Saturday June 12th
8.15am Catered breakfast available

8.45am-9.40am: Panel V
Non-Democratic Institutions

Philip Keefer (World Bank)
“Private Investment and the Institutionalization of Collective Action in Autocracies: Ruling Parties, Militaries, and Bureaucracies”(with Scott Gehlbach)

Discussant: Mario Chacon (Yale University)

9.40am-9.55am: Coffee Break

9.55am-11.40am: Panel VI –
Democratic Consolidation and Breakdown

Milan Svolik (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Learning to Love Democracy: A Theory of Democratic Consolidation and Breakdown”

Andrea Vindigni (Princeton University)
“The Coevolution and Persistence of Political Institutions, Power and Political Ideologies”
(with Davide Ticchi and Thierry Verdier)

Discussant: Robert Powell (University of California at Berkeley)

11.40am-12.55pm: Catered Lunch

12.55pm-2.40pm: Panel VII
Non-Democratic Democracies

Alastair Smith (New York University)
“Bloc Voting and the Undermining of Democratic Principles” (with Bruce Bueno de Mesquita)

Konstantin Sonin (New Economic School)
“A Political Theory of Populism”(with Daron Acemoglu and Georgy Egorov)

Discussant: Susan Stokes (Yale University)

2.40pm-2.55pm: Conference Wrap-up