Research in Progress

“Defectors and Dissidents: The Authoritarian Roots of Stability in New Democracies”

In this paper, I examine how the uncertainty of elections in new democracies can produce governments with varying levels of complicity in crimes committed under dictatorship. I develop a theory for why some leaders of new democracies are able to command the state and others are not. I create a typology for ties to the past and use an original dataset that codes elected leaders during democratic transitions between 1990 and 2010 to test my argument.