Current Work

Since August 2014, I 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. My research examines authoritarian regimes, democratisation, dictators, flawed elections and Southeast Asian politics (particularly in Cambodia, Myanmar and Singapore). My 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, I am 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.

More information can be found here: www.leemorgenbesser.com


Expertise Keywords

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

Country Affiliations

  • Cambodia
  • Myanmar [Burma]
  • Singapore

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 10 (Other: 10)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Current and Past Courses

  • Way of the Dictator (3017GIR)
    Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship