Event Date: March 6

Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m.

UIS Student Center, University of Illinois at Springfield

All programs are free and open to the public

Professor Michael Coppedge from Notre Dame University will present “Venezuela Collapses.”  Venezuela used to be the richest country in South America and a showcase of stable democracy. Now it is an unstable dictatorship with a collapsing economy. What happened? What’s next?

Michael Coppedge is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Faculty Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where he co-leads the Democratization Theory Research Cluster.

He is also one of the principal investigators of the Varieties of Democracy project, which has produced new measures of hun- dreds of aspects of democracy and governance for nearly all countries since 1900.

He is the author of Democratization and Research Methods (Cam-
bridge University Press, 2012); Strong Parties and Lame Ducks: Presidential Partyarchy and Factionalism in Venezuela (Stanford University Press, 1994); and dozens of articles and chapters on democratization, research methods, and Latin American political parties and elections. His current research projects cover the nature, causes, and consequences of democracy, especially democracy measurement and the diffusion of democracy.