Steven Levitsky, professor of government at Harvard University will speak at Lafayette College.Steven Levitsky, professor of government at Harvard University, will present a talk, “Is Global Democracy in Crisis?,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, in Colton Chapel at Lafayette College. The event, originally scheduled for Oct. 20, is sponsored by the Class of 1961 International Speaker Series. It is free and open to the public.

Levitsky’s research interests include political parties, authoritarianism and democratization, and weak and informal institutions, with a focus on Latin America.

He is currently engaged in research on the durability of revolutionary regimes, the relationship between populism and competitive authoritarianism, problems of party-building in contemporary Latin America, and party collapse and its consequences for democracy in Peru.

He is author of Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective (2003), co-author (with Lucan Way) of Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (2010), and co-editor of Argentine Democracy: The Politics of Institutional Weakness (2005);  Informal Institutions and Democracy: Lessons from Latin America (2006); and The Resurgence of the Left in Latin America (2011).

In addition to the Class of 1961 International Speaker Series, Levitsky’s talk is sponsored by the Department of Government and Law and the International Affairs Program at Lafayette.

Information regarding the event may be obtained by contacting David Stifel, professor of economics and chair of international affairs program,


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Kristine Y. Todaro
Director/Special Projects & Media Relations
Lafayette College

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