James Loxton

James Loxton is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. His most recent book is Authoritarianism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

April 2021, Volume 32, Issue 2

Authoritarian Vestiges in Democratic Regimes

Democracies rarely begin with a blank slate. Relics of authoritarian rule typically persist after democratic transitions, and these vestiges are not always harmful to people’s newfound freedom.

July 2015, Volume 26, Issue 3

Authoritarian Successor Parties

Why do significant numbers of people, after gaining the right to choose their leaders via free and fair elections, vote for political parties with deep roots in dictatorship, and how do such parties affect the consolidation of democracy?