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Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization (FASDEM)

The Failing and Successful Sequences of Democratization (FASDEM) research program led by Prof. Staffan I. Lindberg, Director of V-Dem Institute, seeks to revolutionize our understanding of democratic transition by delineating and explaining both successful and failing episodes of democratization. FASDEM develops a new approach that identifies periods of liberalization that had the potential to produce a democratic transition. Using this universe of cases, we then distinguish successful episodes that resulted in a democratic transition from those that failed in terms of (1) return to closed autocracy, (2) stagnation and the institutionalization of an electoral authoritarian regime, or (3) a short-lived transition to democracy that reverted to autocracy. Identifying this universe of failing and successful democratization episodes provides the opportunity to explore a novel set of questions:
• What distinguishes failed from successful episodes of democratization?
• When a country moves from autocracy towards democracy, in what sequence does liberalization tend to occur?
• Are there common patterns for countries that successfully democratize that are distinct from those that fail?
Detailed information about the project can be found here: FASDEM project.pdf (1.5 MB) .


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