Lucan A. Way

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  • Development Studies


  • B.A., Harvard University
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Lucan A. Way



Lucan Ahmad Way is Professor of Political Science. Way’s research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union and the developing world. His most recent book, Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics (Johns Hopkins, 2015), examines the sources political competition in the former Soviet Union. His book, Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (with Steven Levitsky), was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Way’s work on competitive authoritarianism has been cited thousands of times and helped stimulate new and wide-ranging research into the dynamics of hybrid democratic-authoritarian rule. He is currently finishing on a book with Steven Levitsky, under contract with Princeton University Press, on the durability of authoritarian regimes founded in violent revolutionary struggle.

Research Interests

  • Regime Change
  • Hybrid Regimes
  • Weak States
  • Fiscal and Social Reform
  • Corruption
  • Comparative Politics of Developing Countries
  • Post-Communist Politics

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