OCTOBER 28 and 29, 2022, join us for the conference, The State of Democracy and Rise of Autocracy in view of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine. The event includes presentations on democracy, authoritarianism, law, and illiberalism. Participants aim to illuminate policy and political problems of weakening democratic sustainability with the simultaneous growth of autocracies worldwide.
Barbara Geddes (UCLA) will deliver the conference keynote. Geddes works on autocratic politics, regime transition, democratization, bureaucratic reform and corruption, political bargaining over institutional change, and research design. Her current research focuses on politics in dictatorships. Her most recent book is How Dictatorships Work: Power, Personalization, and Collapse (with Joseph Wright and Erica Frantz), 2018. The original data set on which the book was based, The Authoritarian Regimes Data Set, was awarded the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Best Original Data Set Award given by the Comparative Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association. Read more.
John Lord O’Brian Hall, Room 104, UB North Campus
The conference is held in-person and via Zoom.
To access the event via ZOOM, register here.
Friday, October 28, 2022
8:30 - 9:00 am, Breakfast
9:00 - 9:50 am, How Ukrainian Orthodox and Greek Catholics opposed Moscow's hegemony through the Soviet period
Prof. Natalia Shlikta, National University of Kyiv, Ukraine
10:00 - 10:50 am, Democracy, Autocracy, and War: Recurrent Processes and the Many Challenges of our Own Moment
Prof. John Markoff, University of Pittsburg
11:00 - 11:50 am, Democracy, Dictatorship, or Hemihyperplasia?
Prof. Sam Cohn, Texas A&M
12:00 - 1:00 pm, Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm Keynote: The Personalization of Power and Democratic Backsliding
Prof. Barbara Geddes, UCLA
2:10 - 3:00 pm, The First Earth Day, Democracy, and Sustainability
Prof. Adam Rome, University at Buffalo
3:10 - 4:00 pm, The Threat of Authoritarianism and the Climate Crisis: Insights from the Past
Prof. Robert Wilson, Syracuse University
4:10 - 4:30 pm, Break
4:30 - 5:30 pm, Retrenching Democracy: Global Rise of Autocracy and Climate Change Politics
Prof. Barbara Wejnert, University at Buffalo
Saturday, October 29, 2022
8:30 - 9:00 am, Breakfast
9:00 - 9:50 am, Counter-Articulating Technocracy: Organic Populism and Energy Democracy
Prof. Majia Nadesan, Arizona State
10:00 - 10:50 am, Reconsidering the Roles of Political Entrepreneurs and Social Capital in Democratization
Prof. Harvey Palmer, University at Buffalo
11:00 - 11:50 am
Prof. James Gardner, University at Buffalo
12:00pm. Lunch / End of Conference
(Program subject to change)