My research relates to the fields of Comparative Politics, Democratization Research and Comparative Authoritarianism. I am particularly interested in studying how economic and political inequalities affect political behavior of authoritarian elites and citizens living under an autocratic regime as well as how to measure and conceptualize regime transformation epsiodes (autocratization and democratization). Empirically, I apply quantitative methods (multilevel models, matching methods for panel data) and adopt a comparative perspective (cross-national comparisons with a focus on autocracies). Below you find information on current working papers and projects.
Work in progress
- Croissant, Aurel & Pelke, Lars (2021). COVID-19 and Democracy: Creeping Autocratization?. Book Chapter. Under Review.
- Croissant, Aurel & Pelke, Lars (2021). Measuring Policy Performance, Democracy, and Governance Capacities: A Conceptual and Methodological Assessment of the Sustainable Governance Indicators (SGI). Revise and Resubmit.
- Pelke, Lars (2021). Reanalyzing the Link between Democracy and Economic Development. Under Review.
- Croissant, Aurel & Pelke, Lars (2021). Autocratization and Domestic Terrorism. Draft in Progress.
- Pelke, Lars (2021). How do past repression and indoctrination affect redistributive preferences? Draft in Progress.
- Kuehn, David & Pelke, Lars (2020). Ethnicity and military behavior in authoritarian regime crises - a pilot study. Draft in Progress.
- Pelke, Lars & Wintergerst, Carmen (2021). Measuring Party Institutionalization in Authoritarian Regimes. Draft in Progress