APSA-CD is the official newsletter of the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization section. Formerly 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. 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 APSA-CD is available APSA-2018(1) with a symposium on “Expectations, Responsiveness, and Electoral Accountability”.

complete archive of past issues is also available. To inquire about submitting an article to APSA-CD, please contact Staffan 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 2017-18:

Sirianne Dahlum is a post-doctoral fellow at the V-Dem institute, University of Gothenburg. Her dissertation, which was received from the University of Oslo in 2017, studies the relationship between education, mass protest and democratization. She currently works on projects related to mass protest movements, politics in authoritarian regimes and political violence.


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


Constanza Sanhueza Petrarca is a post-doctoral fellow at the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Mannheim in 2015. She specializes in elections, representation, and survey research. Her current research examines the effects of immigration on elections, develops new measures of multicultural democracy, and investigates the relationship between gender and corruption. Other projects include survey experiments, public opinion, and text analysis. Constanza is also Associate Editor of Representation, Journal of Representative Democracy.