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Daniel Treisman

Daniel Treisman

Political Science
University of California, Los Angeles
Fellow, 2021-22

Daniel Treisman is spending his year at CASBS working on a book that explores the remarkable resilience of democracy and why, despite this, observers often feel it is about to collapse. Since 1900, the number of democracies has risen from a handful to more than 50 percent of states worldwide. Above a certain level of economic development, almost none has ever reverted to authoritarian rule. Yet, as the system spread globally, books and articles about “crises” of Western democracy multiplied even faster. Why? Examining a range of data, the book will examine the reasons both for the global proliferation of popular government and for its seeming fragility.

A professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, Treisman has published books on Russian politics, political decentralization, and the politics of economic reform. A former lead editor of the American Political Science Review, he has been a Guggenheim fellow and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), as well as receiving fellowships from the German Marshall Fund and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Besides Russian politics and economics, his research focuses on comparative political economy, democratization, and the politics of authoritarian states. For more, see www.danieltreisman.org