Steven Levitsky

Senior Fellow for Democracy

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Steven Levitsky is senior fellow for democracy at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is also the David Rockefeller professor of Latin American studies and professor of government and director of the David Rockefeller center for Latin American studies at Harvard University, as well as a senior fellow at the Kettering Foundation. His research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism, political parties, and weak and informal institutions, with a focus on Latin America.  

Levitsky is co-author (with Daniel Ziblatt) of How Democracies Die, which was a New York Times Best-Seller and was published in thirty languages, and Tyranny of the Minority: Why American Democracy Reached the Breaking Point. He has written or edited eleven other books, including Transforming Labor-Based Parties in Latin America: Argentine Peronism in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press 2003), Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (with Lucan Way) (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and Revolution and Dictatorship: The Violent Origins of Durable Authoritarianism (with Lucan Way) (Princeton University Press, 2022). He and Lucan Way are currently working on a book on democratic resilience across the world. 

Professor Levitsky has written for New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and The New Republic, and he has been a columnist for La Republica (Peru) and Folha de São Paulo (Brazil).

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