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Prof Nancy Bermeo
Role : Nuffield Chair of Comparative Politics
Job Title : Professorial Fellow
Academic Group : Politics
College Group : Politics
University Department : Politics and International Relations
Research Interests : Comparative regime change, institutional design, social movements, economic development, political violence.
Telephone : +44(0)1865 278580
Nuffield College
New Road
Oxford, OX1 1NF
United Kingdom

 

Biographical Sketch

 
Nancy Bermeo received her PhD with distinction from Yale University and writes on regime change and the effects of systemic shocks on political behavior and institutions. She was a senior member of the Politics faculty at Princeton University before accepting the Nuffield Chair in Comparative Politics at Oxford University in 2007. She won the Stanley Kelley Teaching Prize at Princeton University in 1998 and the Oxford University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009.  Her articles have appeared in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Democracy, the Journal of Politics, and elsewhere. Her books include Continuity and Crisis: Popular Reactions to the Great Recession (ed. with Larry Bartels 2013)  Coping with Crisis: Government Reactions to the Great Recession (ed. with Jonas Pontusson 2012) and Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times The Role of the Citizenry in the Breakdown of Democracy (Princeton University Press 2003) The last title won the Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association’s Democratization Section plus Choice Magazine’s Best Academic Title Award. She has served as the elected president of the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association and was recently elected President of the European Politics and Society Division of the American Political Science Association.

Research Interests

Field: Comparative Politics, Political Economy.

Current research topics: Comparative Regime Change, Institutional Design, Social Movements, Political Violence, Armed Conflict, Economic Inequality.​

Current Research 
My major projects concern the effects of systemic shocks on political institutions and behavior. In addition to a number of group projects I am working on a single-authored study titled Democracy After War investigating how the legacies of armed conflict affect the nature of new democracies. I have just finished editing a book with Larry Bartels on how the current economic crisis in rich democracies has affected political attitudes and behavior.

Recent Publications

Books and Chapters in Books
 
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“Mass Politics in Tough Times” (with Larry Bartels) in Nancy Bermeo and Larry Bartels eds. Mass Politics in Tough Times: Opinions, Votes and Protest in the Great Recession
 (Oxford University Press New York: December, 2013).
 
 
 
 
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“Coping with Crisis” (with Jonas Pontusson) in Nancy Bermeo and Jonas Pontusson eds., Coping with Crisis: Government Reactions to the Great Recession (The Russell Sage Foundation, 2012).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“Does Electoral Democracy Boost Economic Equality?” in Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner eds., Poverty, Inequality, and Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“Armed Conflict and the Durability of Electoral Democracy” in Elizabeth Kier and Ronald R. Krebs, eds., In War’s Wake:  International Conflict and the Fate of Liberal Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“Breakdown of Political Systems” in Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser, Leonardo Morlino, eds., International Encyclopedia of Political Science, (Sage Press, 2011).
 
 
 
 
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“Is Democracy Exportable?” in Zoltan Barany and Robert Moser, eds., Is Democracy Exportable? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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"Democracy Assistance and the Search for Security” in Peter Burnell and Richard Youngs, eds., New Challenges to Democratization (London: Routledge, 2009).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“The Import of Institutions” in Larry Diamond and Marc Plattner, eds.,
Democracy: A Reader, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). (reprint)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Articles
 
“Interests, Inequality and Illusion in the Choice for Fair Elections”
in G. Capoccia, D. Ziblatt eds., The Historic Turn in Democratization Studies: A New Research Program for Europe and Beyond,   
Comparative Political Studies vol 3
0  (August, 2010.)
 
“Beyond the Tragedy of the Commons”
        Perspectives on Politics vol 8: 2 (June, 2010)
 
“Does Electoral Democracy Boost Economic Equality?”
Journal of Democracy (October 2009).
 
War and Democratization: Lessons from the Portuguese Experience
Democratization (
June, 2007).
 
 
Book Reviews, Introductions and Working Papers
 
"Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life During War" 
by
Zachariah Cherian Mampilly (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2011) 
       Journal of Modern African Studies 51:3 2013 (forthcoming)

Other Publications

Books
  
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Federalism and Territorial Cleavages
,
ed. with Ugo Amoretti
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times: The Citizenry and the Collapse of Democracy
(Princeton University Press, 2003)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Who Governs Southern Europe?
ed. with Antonio Costa Pinto and Pedro de Almeida
(London: Frank Cass, 2003)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Unemployment in the New Europe,
ed. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Civil Society Before Democracy: Lessons From 19th Century Europe,
ed. with Philip Nord
(London and Boulder, Co: Rowman and Littlefield, 2000)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A Teoria da Democracia e A Realidade do Sul Europeia
(Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro: DIFEL, 2000).
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Unemployment in Southern Europe: Coping with the Consequences, ed.
(London: Frank Cass, 2000)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Liberalization and Democratization: Change in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, ed. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Revolution within the Revolution: Workers' Control in Rural Portugal,
(Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986).  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Articles
 
“Democratization After War: What the Democratization Literature Says—and Fails to Say—About Building Democracy in Post-Conflict Settings”
Global Governance (April-June 2003).
 
“Portuguese Democracy in Comparative Perspective”
Portuguese Studies Review (Spring-Summer 2002).
 
“The Import of Institutions” Journal of Democracy (April, 2002).
Reprinted in L. Diamond and M. Plattner, eds.,
Democracy: A Reader, (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009).
 
“The Myths of Moderation: The Role of Radical Forces in the Transition to Democracy” Comparative Politics (April 1997). Reprinted in Lisa Anderson, ed., Transitions to Democracy (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999).
 
“Classification and Consolidation: Some Lessons from the Greek Dictatorship”
Political Science Quarterly (Winter, 1995).
 
“Sacrifice, Sequence, and Strength in Successful Dual Transitions: Lessons from Spain”
The Journal of Politics (August 1994).
 
“Democracy in Europe” Daedalus, (Spring, 1994). Reprinted in Thomas M.J. Bateman, Manuel Mertin and David M. Thomas, eds., Braving the New World: Readings in Contemporary Politics, (Toronto: Nelson Canada, 1995)
 
“Democracy and the Lessons of Dictatorship” Comparative Politics (April 1992).
 
“Greek Public Enterprise: Comparative and Historical Perspectives”
Modern Greek Studies Yearbook, 1990.
 
“Rethinking Regime Change: Comparative Perspectives on Dictatorship and Democracy” Comparative Politics (April 1990).
 
“Regime Change and Its Impact on Foreign Policy: The Portuguese Case” in Adamantia Pollis, ed., Redemocratization and Foreign Policy, special issue of The Journal of Modern Greek Studies (1988).
 
“Redemocratization and Transition Elections: A Comparison of Spain and Portugal” Comparative Politics (April 1987). Reprinted as "Redemocratização e Eleições de Transição" Revista de Ciência Política, no. 5, 1987.
 
 
Chapters in Books
 
“The Merits of Federalism” in Amoretti and Bermeo, eds.,
Federalism and Territorial Cleavages (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2004)
 
“Forward” in Sebastian Royo and Paul Manuel, eds., Spain and Portugal in the European Union: The First Fifteen Years. (London: Frank Cass, 2003)
 
“Ministerial Elites in Southern Europe: Continuities, Changes and Comparisons” in Pinto, Almeida and Bermeo, eds., Who Governs Southern Europe?
(London: Frank Cass, 2003)
 
“Political Parties and Pluralism” in Diego Hidalgo et. al., eds.,
Democratic Transition and Consolidation (Boston: Gorbachev Foundation, 2002)
 
“Introduction” in Nancy Bermeo, ed., Unemployment in the New Europe
(New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001).
 
“Unemployment, the New Europe and the Old Inequalities” in Nancy Bermeo, ed., Unemployment in the New Europe (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001).
 
“Civil Society After Democracy” in Nancy Bermeo and Philip Nord, eds.,
Civil Society Before Democracy (Rowman and Littlefield: Boulder, CO, 2000).
 
“What’s Working in Southern Europe?” in Nancy Bermeo, ed., Unemployment in Southern Europe: Coping with the Consequences (London: Frank Cass, 2000).
 
“Introduction” in Nancy Bermeo, ed., Unemployment in Southern Europe: Coping with the Consequences (London: Frank Cass, 2000).
 
“Learning from the Portuguese Experience: Some Quick Conclusions About Some Long Processes” in António Costa Pinto, ed., Modern Portugal
(Palo Alto, Ca: SPSS, 1998).
 
“Civil Society, Good Government and Neoliberal Reforms” in Julio Faundez, ed.,
Good Government and the Law (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997).
 
“Spain: Dual Transition Implemented by Two Parties” in Stephan Haggard and Steven Webb, eds., Voting for Reform (New York: Oxford University Press, 1994).
 
“A Comment on Economic Liberalization in Portugal and Spain” in John Williamson, ed., The Political Economy of Policy Reform
(Washington D.C.: Institute for International Economics, 1993).
 
“Introduction” in Nancy Bermeo, ed., Liberalization and Democratization in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1992).
Reprinted in a special issue of World Politics (October 1991).
 
“Surprise, Surprise: Lessons from 1989 and 1991” in Nancy Bermeo, ed.,
Liberalization and Democratization in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
(Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1992).
 
“The Politics of Public Enterprise in Portugal, Spain and Greece” in Ezra Suleiman and John Waterbury, eds., The Political Economy of Public Sector Reform and Privatization (Boulder, Co: Westview Press, 1990).
 
“As Ocupações de Terra, Um Estudo de Caso,” in Michel Drain, ed., La Reforme Agraire Portugaise (Paris: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1984).
 
“Worker Management in Industry: Reconciling Representative Government and Industrial Democracy in a Polarized Society” in Lawrence S. Graham and Douglas L. Wheeler, eds., In Search of Modern Portugal
(Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1983).
 
“Old Age Politicization: An Etiological Analysis” with Henry Pratt, in Henry Pratt, ed., The Gray Lobby (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976).
 
“Old Age Interest Groups and the 1972 Social Security Amendments," in Henry Pratt, ed., The Gray Lobby (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976).
 
  
Book Reviews, Introductions and Working Papers
 
Contention and Democracy in Europe, 1650-2000 by Charles Tilly
American Political Science Review  2005.
 
Forward” in Sebastian Royo and Paul Christopher Manuel, eds.,
Spain and Portugal in the European Union (London: Frank Cass, 2003).
 
“Forward” in Katherine Hite and Paola Cesarini, eds.,
Authoritarian Legacies and Democracy in Latin America and Southern Europe (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2004).
 
“Getting Mad or Going Mad? Citizens, Scarcity, and the Breakdown of Democracy in Interwar Europe” Working Paper Series at University of California, Irvine, 1997. Reprinted in Penélope. Fazer e Desfazer a História (Fall 1998).
 
“The Power of the People” Estudio/Working Paper, Instituto Juan March de Estudios e Investigaciones (June 1997).
 
“Shortcuts to Liberty” Review Essay, Journal of Democracy (Spring 1991).
 
“The Constitution and the Consolidation of Democracy: A Commentary” in The Constitution and the Consolidation of Democracy in Portugal, Camões Center Special Report No. 2, 1991.
 
“Fascism and Resistance in Portugal” Book Review, American Historical Review (December 1990).
 
“Regime Change and the Coherence of European Governments” Book Review, Journal of  Interdisciplinary History (Spring 1987).
 
“Diário da Reforma Agraria” Book Review, Portuguese Studies Newsletter (Fall-Winter, 1985-1986).
 
“Studies of the Agrarian Reform” Book Review, Portuguese Studies Newsletter (Winter 1984-85).
 
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