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Through our books, case studies, journal articles, papers, and surveys, the Ash Center is home to some of the world’s most advanced research and publications on issues related to democratic governance and self-governance.

To explore all research authored by Ash Center faculty, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School website. You can view the Ash Center’s open access policy here.

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When Democracy Breaks: Studies in Democratic Erosion and Collapse, From Ancient Athens to the Present Day

When Democracy Breaks aims to deepen our understanding of what separates democratic resilience from democratic fragility by focusing on the latter.

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The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform
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The Arab Spring: Pathways of Repression and Reform

Why did regime change take place in only four Arab countries and why has democratic change proved so elusive in the countries that made attempts? This book attempts to answer those questions.