Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
18 July 2022

Law and authoritarianism

We are looking for early career researchers to contribute to AHCD's new working paper series.

In July 2022, the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy launched a new working paper series.

The series seeks to publish early-stages and original research, particularly from early career researchers. It seeks to convene conversations around AHCD's key themes to build a transdisciplinary and global network of early-career researchers and more established scholars, and to provide constructive feedback to authors to help develop papers as a step toward publication in a peer-review outlet.

Most of all, we seek to offer an accessible and welcoming process that can help scholars learn about the academic publishing process in a professional, friendly, and supportive way.

We welcome submissions on themes related to democracy and democratic participation, threats to democracy, and autocracy. The series is multi-disciplinary, and seeks to attract contributions from diverse fields, including but not limited to anthropology, economics, history, international relations, law, political science, and sociology.



The current special focus is on the rule of law and authoritarian practices. We are particularly interested in papers that examine the relationship between law and authoritarianism, whether at an international, national, or local level, including lived experiences. We understand law broadly, including both formal and informal legal orders.

We also welcome papers on the use of media/social media, authoritarianism and race/gender/sexuality, and transnational networks of authoritarian leaders, parties, and movements.



Please send any questions or notes of interest to the Editors, or Co-Editor,

To submit a paper, email it to, cc’ing the Editor and Co-Editor. 

The next round of submissions is due on 15 April 2023



Editor: Rebecca Tapscott, Geneva Graduate Institute, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

Co-Editor: Ricardo Pagliuso Regatieri, Federal University of Bahia, Department of Sociology

Editorial Board:

  • Graziella Moraes Silva, Geneva Graduate Institute, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
  • Gopalan Balachandran, Geneva Graduate Institute, Department of International History and Politics
  • Christine Lutringer, Graduate Institute, Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy

Guest Editors:

  • Werner Bonefeld, University of York, Department of Politics
  • Deval Desai, University of Edinburgh, Law School
  • Kasia Kaczmarska, University of Edinburgh, Politics and International Relations
  • Martin Krygier, UNSW Sydney, Faculty of Law and Justice; CEU Democracy Institute, Budapest
  • Geeta Patel, University of Virginia, Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures
  • Michael Woldemariam, Boston University, Pardee School of Global Studies

Editorial Staff:

  • Laura Bullon-Cassis
  • Gidon Mead