Life after Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties in Latin America and Beyond
26 March 2019, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
This event is free.
Room 103Institute of the Americas51 Gordon SquareLondonWC1H 0PNUnited Kingdom
This talk will be based on James Loxton and Scott Mainwaring's new book: 'Life after Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide'
Life after Dictatorship launches a new research agenda on authoritarian successor parties worldwide. Authoritarian successor parties are parties that emerge from authoritarian regimes, but that operate after a transition to democracy. They are one of the most common but overlooked features of the global democratic landscape. They are major actors in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and they have been voted back into office in over one-half of all third-wave democracies. This book presents a new set of terms, definitions, and research questions designed to travel across regions, and presents new data on these parties' prevalence and frequent return to power. With chapters from leading Africanists, Asianists, Europeanists, and Latin Americanists, it asks: why are authoritarian successor parties so common? Why are some more successful than others? And in what ways can they harm - or help - democracy?
About the Speaker
James Loxton is a Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. James studies democratization, authoritarian regimes, and political parties, particularly in Latin America. His research focuses on “authoritarian successor parties,” or parties that emerge from authoritarian regimes but that operate after a transition to democracy. James is the co-editor of Life after Dictatorship: Authoritarian Successor Parties Worldwide (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Challenges of Party-Building in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2016).