Liste der Publikationen


2023. Tyranny of the Minority (with Steven Levitsky), New York: Crown/Penguin Random House.

2018. How Democracies Die (with Steven Levitsky), New York: Crown.

  • New York Times bestseller
  • Spiegel Magazine bestseller (German edition)
  • Translated into 22 languages
  • Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2018
  • Time Best Nonfiction Book of 2018
  • Foreign Affairs Best Book of 2018
  • WBUR Best Book of 2018
  • New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
  • 2019 Goldsmith  Book Prize, Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School;
  • 2018 NDR Kultur Sachbuchpress (North German Radio , German Public Radio Best Non Fiction Book of the year)
  • Top 29 Books of 2018 List, recommended by President Barack Obama

2017. Conservative Parties and the Birth of Democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Winner Woodrow Wilson Award, American Political Science Association (2018)
  • Barrington Moore Prize, American Sociological Association (2018);
  • Best Book, European Politics and Society Section, APSA (2018);
  • Best Book, Democratization Section, APSA (2018)


2006. Structuring the State: The Formation of Italy and Germany and the Puzzle of Federalism. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

  • Co-Winner of 2007 Best Book Prize, European Politics and Society Section, APSA;
  • 2004 Winner of Gabriel Almond Prize, Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics APSA;
  • 2003 Winner of Ernst B. Haas Prize, Best Dissertation in European Politics and Society APSA


2023. "Wealth of Tongues: Why Peripheral Regions Vote for the Radical Right," American Political Science Review (with Daniel Bischof and Hanno Hilbig), DOI: 10.1017/S0003055423000862

2022. "How Voters Respond to Presidential Assaults on Checks and Balances: Evidence from a Survey Experiment in Turkey" Comparative Political Studies(with Aytuğ Şaşmaz and Alper Yagci). DOI: 10.1177/00104140211066216

2021. "Capital Meets Democracy: The Impact of Franchise Extension on Sovereign Bond Markets.American Journal of Political Science (with Aditya Dasgupta). DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12585.

2020. "Authoritarian-Led Democratization" Annual Review of Political Science, 23: 315-332  (with Rachel Riedl, Dan Slater, and Joseph Wong). DOI: 10.1146/annurev-polisci-052318-025732

2019. "Introducing the Historical Varieties of Democracy Dataset: Political Institutions in the Long Nineteenth CenturyJournal of Peace Research, 56 (3): 440-451 (with Carl Henrik Knutsen, Jan Teorell, Tore Wig, Agnes Cornell, John Gerring, et al). DOI: 10.1177/0022343318823866.

2019. "Center-Right Political Parties in Advanced DemocraciesAnnual Review of Political Science, 22: 17-35 (with Noam Gidron). DOI: 10.1146/annurev-polisci-090717-092750.

2018. "How do voters perceive changes to the rules of the game? Evidence from the 2014 Hungarian electionsJournal of Comparative Economics, 46 (4): 906-919 (with John Ahlquist, Nahomi Ichino, and Jason Wittenberg). DOI: 10.1016/j.jce.2018.01.001.

2015. "How did Britain Democratize? A View from the Sovereign Debt Market” Journal of Economic History, 75(1): 1-29 (with Aditya Dasgupta), [lead article] [replication data]DOI: 10.1017/S0022050715000017.

2013. The Enduring Indispensability of the Controlled Comparison Comparative Political Studies, 46 (10): 1301-1327 (with Dan Slater). DOI: 10.1177/0010414012472469.

2013. "Why Do we Still Read Barrington More? Some Reflections on the Survival of an Intellectual Icon" Comparative Democratization Newsletter, APSA 11 (1)

2011  "An Institutional Theory of Direct and Indirect Rule" World Politics, 63 (3): 377-433 (with John Gerring et al.). [replication data] DOI: 10.1017/S0043887111000104.

2010. "The Historical Turn in Democratization Studies" Comparative Political Studies, 43 (8-9): 931-968 (with Giovanni Capoccia). DOI: 10.1177/0010414010370431.

2009. "Shaping Democratic Practice and the Causes of Electoral FraudAmerican Political Science Review, 103 (1): 1-21. [replication data]. DOI: 10.1017/S0003055409090042.

2008. "Does Landholding Inequality Block Democratization? The "Bread and Democracy" Thesis and the Case of Prussia World Politics, 60 (4): 610-641. [replication data]. DOI: 10.1353/wp.0.0021

2006. "How Did Europe Democratize?" World Politics, 58 (2): 311-338. DOI: 10.1353/wp.2006.0028

2004. "Rethinking the Origins of FederalismWorld Politics, 57 (1): 70.


2023. Conclusion: From the Micro to the Macro. In Politics, Violence, Memory. The New Social Science of the Holocaust. 297306, edited by Jeffrey S. Kopstein, Jelena Subotic and Susan Welch. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press,

2022. "Die Schwäche Konservativer Parteien und der Untergang der Weimarer Demokratie". In: Thomas Weber (Hg.): Als die Demokratie starb. Die Machtergreifung der Nationalsozialisten – Geschichte und Gegenwart. Freiburg i.Br.: Herder, S. 89-105.

2022. "The Causes of Populism and the Problem of Cultural Majority Rights". In: Liav Orgad/Ruud Koopmans (Eds.): Majorities, Minorities, and the Future of Nationhood. Cambridge u.a.: Cambridge University Press, S. 294-306.

2022. "Der wirksame Staat. Was uns die Corona-Pandemie über die Widerstandsfähigkeit von Demokratien sagt" Zur Zukunft der Demokratie: 36 Perspektiven. Hrsg. Steinmeier, Frank-Walter. München: Siedler.