Amber L. Seligson


I am studying why people vote for ex-dictators, ex-coup plotters, and ex-torturers. I also analyze whether the former-authoritarians, once they become elected officials in new democracies, are less democratic than politicians who do not have anti-democratic antecedents. Argentina, Bolivia, and Venezuela are the countries in which I am researching these two questions. When I become a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics I intend to examine this topic in Eastern and Central Europe as well, particularly in Belarus.

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