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Renske's Publications



Renske Doorenspleet (2005). Democratic Transitions: Exploring the Structural Sources during the Fourth Wave. Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers


Edited Books

Renske Doorenspleet and Lia Nijzink (Dec. 2014). Political Parties, Party Systems and Democracy in Africa, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan Publishers

 Doorenspleet and Nijzink 2014
Renske Doorenspleet and Lia Nijzink (2013). One-Party Dominance in African Democracies, Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers  Doorenspleet and Nijzink 2013

Articles in Refereed International Journals

• Renske Doorenspleet and Huib Pellikaan (2013). ‘Which Type of Democracy Performs Best?’ in Acta Politica, vol.48, no. 3, pp. 237- 267

• Renske Doorenspleet (2012). ‘Critical Citizens, Democratic Support and Satisfaction in African Democracies’ in International Political Science Review, vol. 33 no. 3, pp. 279-300

• Renske Doorenspleet and Petr Kopecký (2008). ‘Against the Odds: Deviant Cases of Democratization,’ in Democratization, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 697-713

• Renske Doorenspleet and Cas Mudde (2008). ‘Upping the Odds; Deviant Democracies versus Theories of Democratization, in Democratization, Vol. 15, No. 4, pp. 815-832

• Renske Doorenspleet (2005). ‘Electoral Systems and Democratic Quality: Do Mixed Systems Combine the Best or the Worst of Both Worlds? An Explorative Quantitative Cross-national Study’ in Acta Politica, 40, pp. 28- 49

• Renske Doorenspleet (2005). ‘Electoral Systems and Good Governance in Divided Countries’ in Ethnopolitics, 4 (4), pp. 1- 16

• Renske Doorenspleet (2004). ‘The Structural Context of Recent Transitions to Democracy’ in European Journal of Political Research, 43 (3), pp. 309-335

• Renske Doorenspleet (2000). ‘Reassessing the Three Waves of Democratization’ in World Politics, 52 (3), pp. 384-406

• Renske Doorenspleet (1997). ‘Political Democracy: A Cross-National Quantitative Analysis of Modernization and Dependency Theories’ in Acta Politica, 32 (4), 1997, pp. 349-374

Journal Special Issues

‘Deviant Democracies’ in Democratization, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2008 – with Petr Kopecký and Cas Mudde

Book Chapters

• Renske Doorenspleet, ‘Deviant Democracies’ in Jeffrey Haynes (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Democratization, London and New York: Routledge, 2012, pp. 190-206
• Renske Doorenspleet and Balgopal Shrestha, ‘The Ebb and Flow of Nepalese Democracy’, in Vibha Arora and N. Jayaram (ed.), Routeing Democracy in the Himalayas, Experiments and Experiences, Routledge, 2012
• Renske Doorenspleet and Lia Nijzink, ‘Why One-Party Dominance Endures in Some Democracies but Not Others’ in in Doorenspleet and Nijzink (eds.), One-Party Dominance in African Democracies, Boulder Co: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013, pp. 195-209
• Renske Doorenspleet and Lia Nijzink, ‘One-Party Dominance in African Democracies: a Framework for Analysis’ in Doorenspleet and Nijzink (eds.), One-Party Dominance in African Democracies, Boulder Co: Lynne Rienner Publishers, pp. 1-24
• Renske Doorenspleet, ‘Public support versus dissatisfaction in new democracies: an ‘inside challenge’?’ in P. Burnell and R. Youngs (eds.), Democracy’s New Challenges to Democratization, London: Routledge, 2010, pp. 93-116
• Renske Doorenspleet, ‘Democratization’ in William A. Darity, Jr. (ed.),.International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Vol. 2. 2nd ed. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. pp. 288-290
• Renske Doorenspleet, ‘Citizen’s Support for Legislature and Democratic Consolidation: Comparative study with special focus on Mali’ in Mohamed Salih (ed.) African Parliaments, New York: Palgrave, 2005
• Renske Doorenspleet, ‘Political Parties, Party Systems and Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa’, in: Mohamed Salih (ed.) African Political Parties: Evolution, Institutionalisation and Governance, London: Pinto, 2003
• Renske Doorenspleet, ‘Development, class and democracy’ in Goran Hyden and Ole Elgstrom (eds.), Development and Democracy, London: Routledge, 2002

Book Reviews

(selection since 2008)

• Book review of From Protest to Parties: party-building and democratisation in Africa, by Lebas, 2012 Published in Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, Volume 51, Issue 1, 2013, pp. 145-147
• Book review of Distrusting Democrats. By Devra C. Moehler. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. 2008. Published in Perspectives on Politics 2009
• Book review of The Construction of Democracy; Lessons from Practice and Research. Edited by Jorge I. Dominguez and Anthony Jones. Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press. 2007. Published in International Affairs 84 (3), 2008, pp. 571-572

Current Research Projects

1. How People View Democracy
2. One-Party Dominance in African Democracies
3. Political Institutions in Divided Societies


• New monograph; first full draft ready in September 2015
• Article; ‘Democracy disentangled: Conceptualization and operationalization of democracy in scholarly practice, 1989-2014’ (with Tina Freyburg)
• Article; ‘One-Party Dominance in African Democracies: Why Some One-Party Dominant Systems Endure and Others Not’ (with Lia Nijzink)
• Article; ‘Creative and Active Learning in Comparative Politics'

Conference Papers

(selection since 2008; papers of previous years are excluded here; click here for full list)

• ‘Defining and Measuring Democracy in Comparative Politics: Where are the People?’, presented at the Government and Opposition 50th Anniversary workshop on The Future of Democracy, Cambridge University, September 11-12, 2014
• ‘Democracy disentangled: Conceptualization and operationalization of democracy in scholarly practice, 1989-2014’, with Tina Freyburg, presented at EPSA in Edinburgh in June 2014
• One-Party Dominance in African Democracies: Why Some One-Party Dominant Systems Endure and Others Not, workshop ‘Electoral Authoritarianism and Democratization in Africa’, Center for the Study of Democracy, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany, November 7-8, 2013
• How Dissatisfied Democrats View Democracy in Africa’, ECPR Joint Sessions, Mainz, Germany, March 2013
• ‘Political Parties and Party Systems in Africa’, paper presented at ASAUK African
Studies Association Biennial Conference 2012. Leeds, UK, September 2012
• Democracy and Democratization in Global Perspective, paper presented at Chevening Programme, China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, UK, August 15, 2012
• ‘Political Challenges in African Democracies’, Annual Conference Politicologenetmaal, University of Amsterdam, June 2012
• ‘How People View Democracy’, paper presented at politics department, University of Bergen, Norway, June 2012; also presented at CM institute
• ‘One-Party Dominance in Africa’, paper presented at international workshop on one-party dominance, CSD and PaIS, Warwick University, September 2011
• ‘Democracy Promotion as Foreign Policy – the democratization perspective on the recipient’s side’, presented at the British International Studies Association Conference, Manchester Conference Centre, 27 May 2011
• ‘Dominant One-Party Systems in African Democracies: Theoretical and Empirical Explanations’, paper presented at Panel ‘Elections and the Transformation from One-Party Rule’, IPSA, Sao Paulo, Brazil, February 18, 2011
• ‘Public Opinion and Democracy in the World’, paper presented at workshop ‘Vectors of Transfer. Democratic Repertoires and Contestations’, organized by ‘Repertoires of Democracy Project’, an interdisciplinary research project of political scientists, political philosophers, and political historians at Radboud University Nijmegen, December 2010.
• ‘Explaining One-party Dominance in Africa’, paper presented at international workshop on one-party dominance, CSD and School of Law, Warwick University, September 2010
• ‘Dissatisfied Democrats in Africa; Critical Citizens, Democratic Support and Satisfaction in African Democracies’, presented at departmental seminar, Politics department, Surrey University, February 17, 2010. Also presented at Cape Town University, Law department, South Africa, April 2010
• ‘How People View Democracy in Africa’, presented at Africa@Warwick conference, organised by the Institute of Advanced Study, Warwick University, January 15 and 16, 2010, See podcast on Warwick Uni Websites
• ‘Democracy Satisfaction and the Endogenous Approach: insights from psychology and economics’ presented at the ESRC-DFID workshop on “Aspirations and Poverty”, Department of Economics, Warwick University, Dec. 14 and 15, 2009
• ‘Mind the Gap! On the possibilities and pitfalls of mixed methods research’, with Ellen Mastenbroek, paper presented at the Politicologenetmaal, Berg en Dal, the Netherlands, end of May 2008.
• ‘A Conceptual and Empirical Critique of Lijphart’s Typology of Democratic Systems and their Effects’, with Huib Pellikaan
• ‘Democracy’s Normative Appeal; The record of new democracies’. Paper presented at ‘Democracy’s International Challenges’, an international seminar organised by CEPS, FRIDE, the Open Society Institute, Brussels, Belgium, 17 June 2008
• ‘Building Capacity in Comparative Research: Some methodological tools and practical pitfalls’. Paper presented at the Workshop for the Project ‘Accountability and Constitutional Implementation on the African Continent’, Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 10-11 April 2008
• ‘Democratic Dreams; People’s Expectations in New Democracies’, paper presented at the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 15 April 2008


- Article on elections and one-party dominance in African democracies, in magazine ‘New Routes’ 2012, with Lia Nijzink, click here for the article 

- 'Meer democratie is geen wondermiddel' (article on democratic innovations and limits) in WBS, the research agency of the Dutch social democratic party, 21 June 2010, click here for the article
- ‘Media en Democratisering in Senegal’ in Noord-Zuid Cahier, 23 (3), 1998, pp. 57-67 (article on media and democratization in Senegal)
- ‘Onvrije media in een electorale democratie’ in Facta, 6 (1), 1998, pp. 10-12 (in journal for social sciences on ambivalent role of media in electoral democracies)
- ‘Humaniteit boven soevereiniteit: over humanitaire interventie en het voorbeeld Haiti’, in NJCM-Bulletin: Nederlands Tijdschrift voor de Mensenrechten, 20 (7), 1995, pp. 957-967 (in Human Rights Journal on humanitarian intervention in Haiti)
- Various articles in Dutch newspapers (NRC and Trouw) on war in Iraq and prospects for democracy, and on policy of overseas development aid