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
- Flawed Elections
- Southeast Asian Politics
- Myanmar [Burma]
- Morgenbesser, L. (2016). Behind the Facade: Elections under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia.
- Morgenbesser, L. (2017). Misclassification on the Mekong: the origins of Hun Sens personalist dictatorship. Democratization, 1–18.
- Debre, M. J., & Morgenbesser, L. (2017). Out of the shadows: autocratic regimes, election observation and legitimation. Contemporary Politics, 23(3), 328–347.
- Morgenbesser, L. (2016). The autocratic mandate: elections, legitimacy and regime stability in Singapore. Pacific Review, 1–27.
- Morgenbesser, L. (2016). The failure of democratisation by elections in Cambodia. Contemporary Politics, 1–22.
- Morgenbesser, L. (2015). In Search of Stability: Electoral Legitimation under Authoritarianism in Myanmar. European Journal of East Asian Studies, 14(2), 163–188.
- Morgenbesser, L. (2014). Elections in Hybrid Regimes: Conceptual Stretching Revived. Political Studies, 62(1), 21–36.
- Kefford, G., & Morgenbesser, L. (2013). Bridging the information gap: A survey of politics and international relations PhD students in Australia. Australian Journal of Political Science, 48(4), 507–518.
- Morgenbesser, L. (2013). The 2012 TRIP survey of international relations in Australia: one problem to rule us all. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 67(2), 218–233.
Way of the Dictator (3017GIR)Convenor, In Person, Nathan Campus, Semester 2, 2017.