About this Event
This workshop involves scholars from different disciplinary subfields whose work we see as pushing the frontiers of regime and regime change studies. It brings together scholars of democracy and of authoritarianism, and of comparative politics, international political economy, and comparative public policy, to work together towards a new agenda that rethinks regimes and the ways they change beyond elections, and beyond the confines of methodological nationalism.
Studies of authoritarian and democratic regimes have typically developed in isolation from each other. The same scholarly separation goes for studies of regime change (that belong to the sub-field of comparative politics) and studies of public policy, that is, of what regimes actually do (that belong to the separate sub-field of comparative public policy). In an era of global democratic decline, and with growing recognition of the inconsistencies, overlaps, and transnational interconnectedness across regime types, these rigid disciplinary divides seem less and less useful. This workshop aims to bring them down. We will bring in new perspectives on how regimes work and change in practice into a conversation that we see as stifled by index-based abstractions about what a regime is and little attention to what a regime actually does.
The workshop is made of four round-tables:
9:30-11:00 - Session 1: (Un)democratic change and policy change
11:30-13:00 - Session 2: Change, stability and governance in authoritarian regimes
14:30 – 16:00 - Session 3: What’s the difference? Case study: Governing citizens’ welfare in democracies and autocracies
16:30 – 18:00 - Session 4: Beyond methodological nationalism: How should we think about regimes and the ways they change?
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
The Exchange, 3 Centenary Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom