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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. Currently, I am a research affiliate of the project ‘Democracy under threat: how education can save it’ at the University of Glasgow and ‘The social construction of political consensus in multiparty politics’ at the National Distance Education University.

My research interests include elite politics, authoritarianism 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. 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.