Castling the King: Institutional Sequencing and Regime Change

CGS Brown Bag Lecture Series
Jan 16, 2014
01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
124 Sparks

Matthew Wilson, Penn State

An increasing focus in the comparative research on modern autocracies is on the institutions by which different forms of authoritarianism govern. In terms of formal political institutions--the rules and expectations by which politics is conducted and society operates--non-democracies have displayed a remarkable diversity and survivability. This study attempts to explain the relative benefits of authoritarian institutions--particularly the legislature--in situations with high uncertainty.

Matthew Wilson is an advanced doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Penn State. The research for his dissertation has been supported by a grant from the Center for Global Studies, the Penn State Center for Democracy Studies, the College of Liberal Arts, and the National Science Foundation.  His research interests include the study of authoritarianism, comparative political institutions, and democratization. His present work concerns domestic conflict and the prospects for peace and stability. He is also focused on political methodology, particularly as it regard issues of time dependence. He has a regional interest in the politics of Latin America.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary graduate research

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