Summers are a good time to catch up on some literature that has taken a back seat to the work that needs to get done during the semester.
A colleague (Paola Fajardo) and I are planning on a summer reading group starting in July. The goal is to become more familiar with human rights or repression literature from a comparative institutional perspective. We both have background in the literature that tackles this subject matter with global analysis, so we’d like to turn our attention this summer to the nuts and bolts of repressive policy outcomes and the decision-making processes that lead to them. We’re starting out with Christian Davenport‘s State Repression and the Domestic Democratic Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and then revisiting Ronald Wintrobe‘s The Political Economy of Dictatorship (Cambridge University Press, 1998).
What’s on your summer reading list? Let us know with a comment. Suggestions for Paola and I are more than welcome, as well.