political science

Elections in Modern Dictatorships: Why Do Some Autocrats Tie Their Hands by Credible Elections?

by Briana Johnson July 19, 2022

Today, most autocracies hold elections. Surprisingly, opposition parties are allowed to participate in such elections despite the presence of electoral manipulation. This seems to contradict our stereotype of authoritarian regimes, where autocrats are seen as essentially repressive and do not allow any dissent against them. Intriguingly, some of those modern autocrats even embark on political reforms that attempt to reduce blatant forms of electoral manipulation, as well as willingly accept the participation of opposition parties. How do authoritarian leaders design elections? What consequences do autocratic elections have on autocratic stability? My new book, The Dictator’s Dilemma at the Ballot Box […]

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A Reading List for Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court

by Kristen Twardowski May 6, 2022

  This week the University of Michigan Press presents a reading list of titles that focus on the proceedings of the United States Supreme Court. Through the exploration of specific rulings, amendments, and procedures, these books help to demystify some of the more opaque aspects of the judicial process, particularly as they relate to topics such as marriage equality, transgender rights, confirmation hearings, and more.  This list includes only a selection of our books on these topics, and we encourage you to explore more of our titles on law and political science and to follow us on Twitter (@UofMPress) for […]

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Q&A with “Delegating Responsibility” Author Nicholas Micinski

by Briana Johnson January 14, 2022

This guest blog features a conversation with Nicholas Micinski, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine and author of Delegating Responsibility: International Cooperation on Migration in the European Union from the University of Michigan Press.  This volume is available for purchase in hardcover, paper, and open access. Click the link above to start reading today!  You conducted 86 interviews for your book! Who did you interview, and how did those conversations lead to your book’s argument? Thank you for the opportunity to discuss my book and research process. I conducted fieldwork in 2016-17 with follow-up interviews since. I spoke with […]

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Q&A with “Bridging State and Civil Society” Author Suzanne Levi-Sanchez

by Briana Johnson December 7, 2021

This is a guest blog featuring author Suzanne Levi-Sanchez, author of Bridging State and Civil Society: Informal Organizations in Tajik/Afghan Badakhshan from the University of Michigan Press. This volume is available for purchase in hardcover and accessible ebook formats.  CW: Mentions of sexual assault  Where did inspiration for Bridging State and Civil Society: Informal Organizations in Tajik/Afghan Badakhshan come from? I guess it was less ‘inspiration’ and more time in place. In 2009, UCLA and Professor Mark Kleiman funded fieldwork in Afghanistan. My research at that time focused on counternarcotics policy within counterinsurgency in Afghanistan. Soon after, the University of Delaware awarded me funding […]

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Q&A With Lawyers Beyond Borders Author, Maria Armoudian

by Briana Johnson September 7, 2021

This is a guest post by Maria Armoudian, author of Lawyers Beyond Borders. She is Senior Lecturer of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. Follow Maria on Twitter, @armoudian. This volume is available for purchase in hardcover and paperback, as well as accessible ebook formats.    What led you to write Lawyers Beyond Borders: Advancing International Human Rights Through Local Laws and Courts? Why do you think now is an important time to release a book like this?  I had long been aware of really egregious violations of human rights occurring throughout the world. But it seemed […]

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