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Adrián del Río

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I received my Ph.D. in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute in May 2020. In October, I will be a Humboldt postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for East European and International Studies (ZOIS).

Currently, I am a visiting professor at the Department of Social Science, University Carlos III of Madrid. While I am writing my book manuscript on elite defections in electoral autocracies, I collaborate in two ERC-funded projects on regime-led indoctrination with two international teams at the University of Glasgow and University of Oslo. I am also a research affiliate of the project ‘The social construction of political consensus in multiparty politics’ at the National Distance Education University.

My research interests include elite politics, authoritarianism, indoctrination, business-power, and regime change, and other fascinating topics in comparative politics and political economy.

My largest project focuses on divisions within the ruling elite in electoral autocracies -dictatorships that hold multiparty elections. It provides a novel theory, data, and research to explain the strains and disruptions within authoritarian governments as well as defectors’ contribution to regime change.


Email: addelrio@clio.uc3m.es , or adrian.delriorodriguez@glasgow.ac.uk