APSA Annals of Comparative Democratization is the official newsletter of the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization section. Formerly first known as CompDem, it has been published three times a year (October, January, and May) since 2003. In October 2010, the newsletter was renamed APSA-CD and expanded to include substantive articles on democracy, as well as news and notes on the latest developments in the field. In September 2018 it was renamed the Annals to reflect the increasingly high academic content and recognition of the symposia. The newsletter is now produced and edited by faculty members of the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

The current issue of Annals of Comparative Democratization  is available – 2019(2) June – in the archive of issues (see below).

complete archive of past issues is also available. To inquire about submitting an article to the  Annals, please contact Staffan I. Lindberg.

Executive Editor:

Staffan I. Lindberg is professor of political science and director of the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg; one of four PIs for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem); Wallenberg Academy Fellow; member of the Young Academy of Swede. He is author of Democracy and Elections in Africa and editor of Democratization by Elections: A New Mode of Transition?, and has also worked on women’s representation, clientelism, voting behavior, party and electoral systems, democratization, popular attitudes, and the Ghanaian legislature and executive-legislative relationships.

Editorial Board Members 2018-19:




Kristen Kao is a Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD) at the University of Gothenburg and a PhD Candidate in Political Science at UCLA. In 2014, she ran a nationwide survey in Jordan in collaboration with Ellen Lust and Lindsay Benstead funded by the GLD program at Yale. She has served as a program consultant and election monitor for a variety of international organizations, including The Carter Center and the National Democratic Institute.

Anna Lührmann is a post-doctoral fellow at the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg. Her doctoral thesis—completed in summer 2015 at Humboldt University (Berlin)—studies the causes and effects of United Nation’s electoral assistance. She currently works on several research projects concerning electoral manipulation, regime legitimacy and the impact of democracy promotion.


Ellen Lust is the Founding Director of the Programs on Governance and Local Development at Yale University and at the University of Gothenburg, and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. She has authored Structuring Conflict in the Arab World as well as articles in Perspectives on PoliticsComparative Political Studies, and other journals, and edited The Middle East and several volumes. The Moulay Hicham Foundation, NSF, the Swedish Research Council and other foundations have supported her research on authoritarianism, political transitions, and local governance.

Kyle L. Marquardt is a post-doctoral fellow at the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg. He studies identity politics and the politics of authoritarianism. His current project uses data from extensive field and survey research from Eurasia to examine the relationship between language and separatism. Other projects involve the use of list experiments to analyze support for authoritarian leaders and Bayesian latent variable analysis of the components of social identities


Ruth Carlitz Göteborgs universitet

Ruth Carlitz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Program on Governance and Local Development at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Her research looks at government responsiveness from

the ‘top down’ (how governments distribute public goods) and the ‘bottom up(what citizens and non-governmental organizations can do to promote transparency and accountability). She focuses primarily on East Africa, inspired by my experience living and working in Tanzania from 2006-2008. In addition to her academic research, she has worked on commissioned research for organizations including the World Bank, the International Budget Partnership, the UK’s Department for International Development, and the Open Government Partnership