School of Government and International Relations

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Since August 2014, Dr Lee Morgenbesser have been employed as a research fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute and now lecturer at the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia. His research examines authoritarian regimes, democratisation, dictators, flawed elections and Southeast Asian politics (particularly in Cambodia, Myanmar and Singapore). His first book, which is entitled Behind the Façade: Elections under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (SUNY Press, 2016), examined why authoritarian regimes hold elections. At present, He is writing a new book on "retrograde" and "sophisticated" authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, under contract). The goal is to explain how dictators and the cohort of elites surrounding them have adapted to various endogenous and exogenous pressures in ways that increasingly aid their survival.

Research expertise

  • Authoritarianism
  • Democratisation
  • Dictators
  • Flawed Elections
  • Southeast Asian Politics

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