Democratic Careening: Accountability Dynamics Across Asia

On Monday, April 23, Dan Slater, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago and the author of Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2012), was at Boston University to discuss his new project with, tentatively titled: Advancing Accountability: Democratic Dynamics in the Post-Colonial World. Slater’s uses a comparative-historical approach to explore and explain accountability dynamics in the postcolonial world. He proposes the term “careening” as a way of capturing the unsettledness that characterizes so many democracies that are clearly struggling but are not yet collapsing.