"Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites, and Regime Change"


Location: C103 Hesburgh Center

"Dictators and Democrats: Masses, Elites, and Regime Change"

Recent research—responding to important developments in the world—has suggested a relationship between inequality and transitions to and from democratic rule. Based on his book with Robert Kaufman, Stephan Haggard reviews these claims and shows that the nature of authoritarian regimes and social organization play a more central role in explaining both democratization and the troubling evidence of reversion to authoritarianism.

Stephan Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies, director of the Korea-Pacific Program, and distinguished professor of political science at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on current developments in the Asia-Pacific region, especially the Korean peninsula, and on the politics of economic reform and globalization.

With Robert Kaufman, Haggard is the author of the award-winning Development, Democracy, and Welfare States: Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe (Princeton University Press, 2008). He has also has published extensively on the political economy of North Korea, including Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea (Columbia University Press, 2011) and Famine in North Korea: Markets, Aid, and Reform (Columbia University Press, 2007), both coauthored with Marcus Noland. He is a frequent contributor to the "North Korea: Witness to Transformation" blog at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Haggard is the editor of the Journal of East Asian Studies. He holds a PhD from University of California, Berkeley.

This event is part of the "Perspectives on World Politics" series, brough to us by the Kellogg Institute. The inaugural “Perspectives on World Politics” series brings three distinguished political scientists to the Kellogg Institute during the spring 2017 semester. Each will deliver a public lecture, interact with faculty, and hold a master class with advanced doctoral students.