Empirical Study of Autocracy: Konstanz

Event date: 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 22:00

Worskhop  on “The Empirical Study of Autocracy (ESTA)” September 10-13, 2017.

 

 

Given recent political developments in Europe and worldwide, there is little reason to expect that autocracy is receding. This workshop brings together researchers studying the various dynamics of autocratic rule using rigorous empirical approaches. The workshop includes three tracks:

(1)  Institutions: How do different autocratic institutions secure autocratic power or pave the way for democratization?

(2)  Information: How do informational dynamics affect autocratic rule? Does modern ICT threaten or strengthen leaders?

(3)  Indicators: How can we empirically capture different aspects of closed autocratic systems? What new datasets exist for scholarly research on autocracy?

Marinov will likely contribute to (1) or (2).  The workshop starts on Sunday (Sept 10) with a joint dinner in Konstanz, and ends on Wednesday (Sept 13) in the afternoon. We expect to have around 22 presentations, with slots of 45min for each paper. For participants arriving early, we will try to organize a social event on Sunday (to be confirmed).

Organizer:

Nils B. Weidmann

Professor of Political Science

University of Konstanz

http://cnc.uni.kn

Program

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The Empirical Study of Autocracy (ESTA) University of Konstanz, Germany

 

September 10-12, 2017

 

Presentations and comments by the discussant are 15mins each.

 

Sunday, September 10

 

19.30 Welcome dinner at (TBA)

 

Monday, September 11

 

09.00-09.10 Welcome and logistics

 

09.10-10.40 Panel

 

Chair: Molly Roberts Discussant: Jos Bartman

 

Measuring Varieties of Autocracy with V-Dem Data

 

Staffan Lindberg

 

The Latent Characteristics That Structure Autocratic Rule

 

Joseph Wright

 

Universities, State-Building, and Democratization

 

Jan H. Pierskalla

 

10.40-11.10 Coffee

 

11.10-12.40 Panel

 

Chair: Nils B. Weidmann Discussant: Anita Gohdes

 

Stalin's Famine and the Political Legacy of Mass Starvation

 

Yuri M. Zhukov

 

Trickle-Down Ethnic Politics: Drunk and Absent in the Kenya Police Force (1957-1970)

 

Patrick Kuhn

 

Pulling the Strings? The Strategic Use of Pro-Regime Rallies in Authoritarian Regimes

 

Sebastian Hellmeier

 

12.40-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Panel

 

Chair: Holger Kern Discussant: Dag Tanneberg

 

Who Owns the Internet, and Why Does It Matter? Internet Infrastructure and Shutdowns in Sub- Saharan

Africa

 

Tina Freyburg and Lisa Garbe

 

A Tool for Contention or Censorship? Denial-of-Service Attacks During Popular Uprisings in Authoritarian Regimes

 

Philipp Lutscher

 

From riot police to tweets: How world leaders use social media during contentious politics

 

Anita R. Gohdes

 

15.30-16.00 Coffee

 

16.00-17.30 Panel

 

Chair: Nikolay Marinov Discussant: Johannes Vüllers

 

Illiberal Norm Diffusion: How Do States Learn to Restrict NGOs?

 

Marlies Glasius

 

The determinants of alignment: Verbal and material collaboration between authoritarian regimes

 

Christian von Soest

 

Old flames never dying? The Chinese Communist Party’s relations to political parties in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

Julia Bader

 

19.30 Dinner at (TBA)

 

Tuesday, September 12

 

09.00-10.30 Panel

 

Chair: Carl Henrik Knutsen Discussant: Kris Ruijgrok

 

Trust Us: Technical Election Assistance and Post-Election Violence

 

Inken von Borzyskowski

 

Autocrats Don't Always Lie: GDP Manipulation, Autocracies, and Foreign Aid

 

Holger L. Kern

 

Quantifying U.S. Attention to Foreign Elections with Text Analysis

 

Nikolay Marinov

 

10.30-11.00 Coffee

 

11.00-12.30 Panel

 

Chair: Patrick Kuhn Discussant: Annerose Nisser

 

Authoritarian Transparency and Chinese Courts

 

Molly Roberts

 

Blurring the Lines: Self-Censorship Under Autocracy

 

Charles Crabtree

 

Signals of strength and weakness. Analyzing North Korea’s propaganda texts

 

Johannes Gerschewski

 

12.30-14.00 Lunch

 

14.00-15.30 Panel

 

Chair: Tina Freyburg

 

Discussant: Espen Geelmuyden Rød

 

Capitalists in Revolution

 

Mehdi Shadmehr

 

Modernization: Does it have an impact on the survival of autocracies?

 

Steffen Kailitz

 

Patterns of Regime Change since the French Revolution

 

Carl Henrik Knutsen

 

15.30 Coffee and end of the workshop