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Academic Conference | Democratic backsliding and electoral autocracies

On 13 October, 2023, the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) and the Forum for Research on Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe (FROMDEE) is organising a one-day academic conference in Stockholm on “Democratic backsliding and electoral autocracies” with a keynote lecture by Arturas Rozenas.


The UN’s Secretary-General António Guterres recently observed that “across the world, democracy is backsliding”. This trend encompasses new democracies that have drifted towards electoral autocracy and established democracies where political polarization threatens institutional norms. Research can shed light on where and when democratic institutions are fragile and what can help make them resilient.

SITE and the Forum for Research on Media and Democracy in Eastern Europe (FROMDEE) invite you to a one-day academic conference on “Democratic backsliding and electoral autocracies” with a keynote lecture by Arturas Rozenas (New York University). This conference brings together researchers from economics, law, and political science. It will feature academic work on a range of democratic and autocratic countries, with a special focus on Eastern Europe and Russia. The conference will take place on 13 October 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The conference is organised as part of the FREE Network initiative FROMDEE, supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

Keynote lecturer

Arturas Rozenas, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at New York University. His research primarily focuses on authoritarian politics: the causes and consequences of state repression, information manipulation through media, propaganda, and elections, and the historical development of political institutions.


Please register via the Trippus platform, here.

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact site@hhs.se.


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