Workshop on “The Empirical Study of Autocracy (ESTA)”


Sunday, 10. September 2017 – Wednesday, 12. September 2017


Given recent political developments in Europe and worldwide, there is little reason to expect that autocracy is receding. This workshop brings together researchers studying the various dynamics of autocratic rule using rigorous empirical approaches. The workshop includes three tracks. 

(1) Institutions: How do different autocratic institutions secure autocratic power or pave the way for democratization? 

(2) Information: How do informational dynamics affect autocratic rule? Does modern ICT threaten or strengthen leaders? 

(3) Indicators: How can we empirically capture different aspects of closed autocratic systems? What new datasets exist for scholarly research on autocracy?

The schedule is available here (in PDF)

Participation is by invitation only.