Milan Svolik is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in comparative and international politics, particularly the political economy of institutions, and formal political theory and statistical methodology. His current research focuses on the politics of authoritarian regimes and the politics of democratic transitions and consolidation. He is working on a series of papers that investigate power-sharing, the personalization of power, political institutions, and accountability in authoritarian regimes. In his research on democratic consolidation, he develops a new empirical approach to the study of democratic survival and consolidation and a theory that relates democratic consolidation to the evolution of the party system and economic performance in young democracies. An empirical part of the latter project is forthcoming under the title "Authoritarian Reversals and Democratic Consolidation" in the American Political Science Review.