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V-Dem Seminar with Alexander Schmotz

Research profile seminar

At the V-Dem Seminar Alexander Schmotz will present the paper "Elections vs Constitutionalism: Institutional Tension and the Survival of Hybrid Regimes".


Hybrid Regimes are institutionally inconsistent. Mostly they are characterized by relatively well-institutionalized multiparty elections on the one hand, and relatively low levels of constitutional guarantees on the other. I argue that when the two institutional spheres issue contradictory incentives, they enable opportunistic change agents and increase the likelihood of hybrid regime change. This dynamic is similar in two very different types of hybrid regimes, electoral autocracies and defective democracies. Using V-Dem indicators, I test the effect of institutional tension on leader tenure and regime survival in electoral autocracies and defective democracies in a set of survival analysis models.


Alexander Schmotz (V-Dem visiting scholar 21 August to 1 September) has joined the Department of Democracy and Democratization at WZB Berlin Social Science Center in 2017. His work engages with the politics and persistence of autocratic and hybrid regimes. Before coming to WZB, Alex was a postdoctoral associate at King´s College London, examining the international dimension of authoritarian rule in an ERC-funded project. He received a PhD from Humboldt University Berlin in 2014, for a thesis on the institutional sources of hybrid regime survival, and contributed to a project on legitimation, cooptation, and repression in autocratic regimes during a previous stay at WZB (2010-14). His work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, European Political Science, and Politische Vierteljahresschrift, among others.

Date: 8/23/2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Categories: Social Sciences

Organizer: Department of Political Science

Location: B336, Stora Skansen

Contact person: Natalia Stepanova

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