Mass Mobilization in Comparative Perspective
Presenting a special issue of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Deomocratization

Valerie J. Bunce, Cornell University
Sharon L. Wolchik, George Washington University
At this event, co-editors Valerie Bunce and Sharon Wolchik will present a special issue of Demokratizatsiya devoted to the topic of Mass Mobilization in Comparative Perspective. The articles collected in the issue address the questions of: What factors lead citizens to join together in great numbers and take the risk of mounting large-scale protests against authoritarian rulers? Why and how do these mobilizations spread to some, but not all, neighboring countries? The case studies examine a variety of examples from the colored revolutions in Eurasia and the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa. Issues of the journal will be available at the session.
Valerie Bunce is the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government at Cornell University. She is particularly interested in democratization (the rise, design, sustainability and collapse of democratic systems); authoritarianism (transitions to and from dictatorship, political leadership and institutions); U.S. foreign policy and its support of democratic and authoritarian regimes; and state-building and state collapse.
Sharon L. Wolchik is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University where she teaches Central and East European politics. She has published several books on various aspects of politics in the region including Defeating Authoritarian Leaders in Post-Communist states with Valerie Bunce and (editor) Central and East European Politics: Democracy, the Market and Back to Europe with Jane Curry. Her research interests include citizens' political attitudes and values, mass mobilizations in comparative perspective, and gender issues and the role of women in politics in post-communist states.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St NW

This event is on the record and open to the media.
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES)
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW / Suite 412 / Washington, DC 20052
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