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Autocratization gone viral

Tisdag 7 december 2021 17:00 - 17:45 Kongresshallen

Föreläsare: Vanessa Boese

According to statistics presented  by the Variety of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg, 68 percent of the world's population now live in non-democratic states. Democracies continue to decline and is now comparable to the situation in 1990.

More and more people live in autocratizing countries -  where governments control the media, restrict academic freedom and civil society, feed polarization by disrespecting political opponents and spread disinformation. It then attacks formal institutions such as elections or courts. The threat against liberal and constitutional democracies is rising and it comes from within.


Variety of Democracy Institute, University of Gothenburg & Swedish Forum for Human Rights








Fred och konflikt, Global utveckling


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Vanessa Boese Föreläsare

Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute at the University of Gothenburg

Vanessa A. Boese is Assistant Professor at the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She obtained her PhD in economics summer 2019 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. She has worked on the measurement of political institutions, on democratic resilience, on processes of regime transformation (democratization and autocratization) and on how these processes interact with conflict, or socio-economic outcomes. The findings from her research are published among others in journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, Political Science Research and Methods, Democratization, and the Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy.