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Prof. Dr. Aurel Croissant


Professor of Political Science


Aurel Croissant

Contact information

Heidelberg University
Institute of Political Science
Bergheimer Str. 58
Room No.: 03.008
D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Phone: +49-6221-542882
Phone (Secretary): +49-6221-542883
Fax: +49-6221-542896


Prof. Dr. Aurel Croissant is Professor of Political Science at the Institute of Political Science, Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg. His main research interests include the comparative analysis of political structures and processes in East- and Southeast Asia, the theoretical and empirical analysis of democracy, civil-military relations, terrorism and political violence. Further information can be found in the curriculum vitae Adobe and on the following pages:

  • Bio Externer Inhalt - here, you will find more information on me and my academic career.
  • Publications Adobe - contains a complete list of my publications.
  • In the media Externer Inhalt - where links to a seleciton of my media appearances are referenced.

Recent Publications

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  • Croissant, A. (2019) “Historical Legacies”, Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation, edited by R. Kollmorgen, W. Merkel, and H.-J. Wagener, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 515-520.

  • Croissant, A. and W. Merkel (2019) “Defective Democracy”. Handbook of Political, Social, and Economic Transformation, edited by R. Kollmorgen, W. Merkel, and H.-J. Wagener, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 437-446.

  • Croissant, Aurel (2018). Civil-Military Relations in Southeast Asia. Cambridge University Press. DOI: 10.1017/9781108654715.

  • Croissant, A. (2018) “Vietnam: The Policy Styles of a Lame Leviathan”, in: Howlett, M./Tosun, J. (eds.). Policy Styles and Policy-Making: Exploring the Linkages, London/New York: Routledge.

  • Croissant, A. (2018) “Democratization, National Identity, and Foreign Policy in Southeast Asia”. THE ASAN FORUM, 6(5), September - October. Online ISSN 2288-5757; 

  • Pelke, L. and A. Croissant. 2018 “Autokratische Redistribution - Institutionen, Legitimation und die Umverteilung von Einkommen in Nicht-Demokratien" (Autocratic Redistribution – Institutions, legitimation and income redistribution in non-democracies), Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Politikwissenschaft, online first

  • Croissant, A., D. Kuehn and T. Eschenauer. “Masses and Militaries. The Outcomes of Dictator’s Endgames”, Journal of Democracy, 29(3), 141-155.

  • Croissant, Aurel/Kuehn, David/Eschenauer, Tanja (2018). “The “dictator’s endgame”: Explaining military behavior in nonviolent anti-incumbent mass protests“, Democracy & Security, online first.

  • Croissant, Aurel/Lorenz, Philip (2018). Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia. An Introduction into Government and Politics (Heidelberg: Springer).

  • Hellmann, Olli/Croissant, Aurel (guest editors) (2018), “State Capacity and the Survival of Electoral Authoritarianism”, Special Issue International Political Science Review, 38(1).

  • Croissant, Aurel/Eschenauer, Tanja/Kamerling, Jil (2018), “Militaries’ Roles in Political Regimes: Introducing the PRM Data Set”. European Political Science, 16(3), 400-414.

  • Croissant, Aurel/Eschenauer, Tanja/Kamerling, Jil (2018), “The Military and Autocratic Regimes: Roles of the Armed Forces, in: Gerschewski, Johannes/Stefes, Christoph H. (eds.). Crisis in Authoritarian Regimes, Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner, 89-111.

  • Croissant, Aurel/Eschenauer, Tanja (2018), “The Military and Politics in North Africa and the Levant”, Routledge Handbook of Mediterranean Politics, edited by R. Gillespie and F. Volpi, New York/London: Routledge, 157-170.

  • Aurel Croissant and David Kuehn (eds.). Reforming Civil-Military Relations in New Democracies: Democratic Control and Military: Effectiveness in Comparative Perspectives. Heidelberg: Springer VS. 2017.

  • Aurel Croissant, Sascha Kneip, Alexander Petring (eds.). Demokratie, Diktatur, Gerechtigkeit. Festschrift für Wolfgang Merkel (Democracy, Dictatorship, Justice. Festschrift for Wolfgang Merkel). Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 2017.

  • Aurel Croissant. (2016) Historical Trajectories and Current Challenges. Singapore: ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute. 
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