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Peter Burnell


Emeritus Professor

Email: peter dot burnell at warwick dot ac dot uk

Professor Peter Burnell studied at the University of Bristol for a Bachelor of Arts degree (1st class honours) in Economics and Politics (1968) before going on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Politics (1969) and a PhD (1973) on 'The Political and Social Thought of Thomas Paine, 1737-1809', both at the University of Warwick. In 2007 he was awarded a Doctor of Letters by the University of Warwick. Professor Burnell has authored and edited many books and articles and was founding joint editor of the international refereed journal Democratisation and the accompanying book series Democratisation Studies, published by Routledge. He is an invited member of the founding Executive Committee of the journal Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft and on the editorial boards of Democratization and Government and Opposition and advisory board of Interdisciplinary Political Studies.

Most recent publications

International Political Party Support By ‘Bad Guys’
CSGR Working Paper No. 283/17

'From supporting democracy to supporting autocracy', chapter 25 in Daniele Caramani (ed), Comparative Politics, 4th ed., Oxford University Press, 2017, pages 437-452.

'International support for action on climate change and democracy: exploring complementarities', Third World Quarterly, Vol. 35, no. 7 (2014), pp. 100-122.

'Promoting party politics in emerging democracies', in E. Felberbauer and P. Jurekovic (eds) Political Parties in South East Europe. Supporting Intra-State, Regional and European Consolidation?, Vienna: Republic of Austria/Federal Ministry of Defence and Sports, 28th workshop of PfP Consortium study group Regional Stability in South East Europe,September 2014, pp. 11-23.

5th edition of Politics in the Developing World, co-edited textbook with Profs Vicky Randall and Lise Rakner, published by Oxford University Press, 2017.

'Democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa: perspectives from democracy support', Third World Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 5 (2013), pp. 838-55.

Review Article 'Promoting Democracy' , Government and Opposition, Vol. 48, No. 2 (April 2013), pp. 265-87

‘Democracy, democratization and climate change: complex relationships’ , in Democratization, Vol. 19, No. 5 (October 2012), pp. 813-42 as part of a Special Issue of this journal with same title coedited by Burnell with Jana Mittag.

Lessons of Experience in International Democracy Support: Implications for Supporting Democratic Change in North Africa. UNU-WIDER Working Paper WP2011/84, accessible online at UNU-WIDER web site.

Most recent monograph, Promoting Democracy Abroad: Policy and Performance, in July 2011 (Transaction Publishers at Rutgers, New Brunswick and London).

August 2011: Publication by Routledge Books of Promoting Party Politics in Emerging Democracies, edited jointly with Prof. André Gerrits (Leiden University). Paperback publication due August 2013.

November 2011: Publication by Routledge Books of International Politics and National Regimes. Promoting Democracy-Promoting Autocracy?, edited jointly with Prof. Oliver Schlumberger (Tubingen University).


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