Call for Papers: Political leaders and leadership in illiberal democracies, semi-democratic and authoritarian regimes

Call for Papers: Political leaders and leadership in illiberal democracies, semi-democratic and authoritarian regimes

ECPR General Conference in Hamburg, 22-25 August 2018

This panel will be part of the section “Aftermath and Outputs; Political Elites, Leaders and their Consequences” organised by the ECPR Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership.

Panel description
Regimes that diverge from the standards of liberal/Western democracy still largely present a black box for students of political leadership and comparative government. One the one hand, research has recently rejected the traditional assumption of the executive (cabinet or president) as an omnipotent force and highlighted the complex nature and power dynamics in non-democratic regimes. On the other hand, the backsliding of previously (almost) fully democratic countries – exemplified most clearly by the cases of Hungary and Poland – has created new ‘illiberal democracies’ that require new analytical tools and approaches for analysis.

This panel invites contributions that shed light on the politics of political leaders and elites in illiberal democracies, semi-democratic and authoritarian regimes – either in the form of case studies or from a comparative perspective.

Deadline and contact
Please send paper proposals (max. 250 words + 3-5 keyword) for inclusion in the panel proposal by Monday 5 February 2018 to Philipp Köker (philipp.koeker@canterbury.ac.uk).

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