Political scientist publishes book on quality of democracies

Author: Megan Connelly, news and information intern

A new book co-edited by University of Notre Dame political scientist Guillermo ODonnell presents theories on how to define the quality of a democracy and the methodology for implementing acitizen auditof democratic governments.

Published by Notre Dame Press,The Quality of Democracyexplores a growing concern among policy experts and academics over the widely varying degrees of effectiveness of new democratic regimes, particularly in Latin America. It combines ODonnells theoretical study of how to determine quality in a democracy with analysis of data collected in an audit of Costa Rican citizens on the quality of democracy in their nation. ODonnell, Costa Rican researcher Jorge Vargas Cullell and Argentinean political scientist Osvaldo M. Iazzetta co-edited the volume, which includes scholarly reflections from Notre Dame faculty members Juan Méndez and Michael Coppedge and 12 others.

ODonnell, the Helen Kellogg Professor of Political Science and a fellow in Notre Dames Kellogg Institute for International Studies, has published extensively on authoritarianism, democratization and democratic theory, including most recentlyThe (Un )Rule of Law and New Democracies in Latin America,also from Notre Dame Press.

A graduate of the National University of Buenos Aires and Yale University, ODonnell specializes in the study of democratic theory, comparative democracy and democratization, Latin American politics and society, and relationships between legal and political theory.

Contact: Guillermo ODonnell, (574) 631-7756, odonnell.1@nd.edu

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