How to explain the great variety of regime-change outcomes of the last decades - ranging from new democracies to different hybrid regimes and new autocracies? Why did some countries attempt to democratize and others did not? Why did so many transitions fail to develop into democratization? Which factors are responsible for transitions that got stuck, deviated from the expected "route" or just failed - absence of adequate preconditions for democracy or inadequate particular policies of the key political actors?
Andrey Melville is Dean of the Faculty of Politics at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. In the past, he served as the Founding Dean of the Faculty of Political Science and Vice-Rector at MGIMO-University, Moscow and as visiting professor at Berkeley University, Stanford University Overseas Program (in Moscow) and Bergen University. His main research interests include comparative democratization and comparative authoritarianism. He is the author of 250 articles, chapters and monographs. His recent publications include the Political Atlas of the Modern World (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).