Disinformation has been a part of regular political communication for as long as there have been politics. This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into the dreaded "disinformation threat" and the effect of Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election tweets on American voters.
Incumbent regimes often act to restrict media access for their opponents in the same way that they restrict access to the vote itself. This week, Critical State looks into Kyong Mazzaro's new research on where and when Venezuela restricted media during election periods.
This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into new research on how governments try to control election outcomes through the diaspora vote. Why do some African countries encourage diaspora voting, others tolerate it and others ban it?
This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into a new article that locates the source of durable autocratic regimes not in the safety of the regimes’ early years — but in the chaos of that time.
What separates lasting revolutions from armed uprisings? This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into new research on how revolutions actually function, with a spotlight on arguably the most revolutionary period in American history: Reconstruction.
This week, Critical State's Deep Dive looks at a new paper that investigates how people react to resource price shocks in countries where resource economies are already highly developed, using survey data from oil-rich Kazakhstan.
How does the “scare” get put into scarcity? This week, Critical State's Deep Dive discusses the latest research on resource conflicts, with a focus on nonviolent protests and demonstrations that arise out of disagreements over water usage.
A new article by Johannes Vüllers and Roman Krtsch in the journal Political Geography uses geographic data to determine when and where civilian protests happen during wartime in Africa between 1992 and 2013.
Critical State takes a deep dive into one of the most fundamental choices civilians make in wartime: whether to stay in their homes and live under the control of an armed group that has conquered their city — or to abandon their homes and flee to somewhere they hope will be safer.