Dan Slater (University of Michigan), a leading expert on democratization and dictatorship in Southeast Asia, will deliver the talk “From Development to Democracy: The Transformations of Modern Asia” for the Kellogg Institute Lecture Series by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
Based on his latest book of the same title, Slater will explore why rapid economic development has led to democratization in some Asian countries but not others, particularly China.
Lunch will be available for those who attend in person and a livestream option will be posted on the Kellogg website, where more information can also be found.
The lecture is co-sponsored by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.
Dan Slater is the James Orin Murfin Professor of Political Science and the director for the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies (WCED) at the University of Michigan. He specializes in the politics and history of dictatorship and democracy, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia.
His book examining how divergent historical patterns of contentious politics have shaped variation in state power and authoritarian durability in seven Southeast Asian countries, entitled Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia, was published in the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series in 2010. His latest book is entitled From Development to Democracy: The Transformations of Modern Asia (Princeton University Press, 2022), which explores why rapid economic development has led to democratization in some Asian countries but not others.
Slater has done international consulting work in Southeast Asia and on challenges related to democratization and demilitarization in cases such as Ethiopia, Fiji, and Pakistan. Slater also recently worked as a consultant and nonresident fellow with international policy organizations such as the American Enterprise Institute, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Freedom House, OECD, and World Bank.
He holds a PhD from Emory University.