Waves of autocratization and democratization: a critical note on conceptualization and measurement

  title={Waves of autocratization and democratization: a critical note on conceptualization and measurement},
  author={Svend-Erik Skaaning},
  pages={1533 - 1542}
ABSTRACT Huntington famously distinguished between waves of democratization and de-democratization. Based on an alternative conceptualization of waves of regime change and novel data on episodes of democratization and autocratization, Lührmann and Lindberg identify three waves of autocratization where the most recent and ongoing began in 1994, affects a higher number of democracies, and unfolds relatively slowly and piecemeal. In this note, however, I argue that both their definition and their… Expand
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