Michael Bernhard is the inaugural holder of the Raymond and Miriam Ehrlich Eminent Scholar Chair in Political Science at the University of Florida. He is the current editor-in-chief of Perspectives on Politics. His research centers on questions of regimes, regime change, and political development both globally and in the context of Europe. Among the issues that have figured prominently in his research agenda are the role of civil society in democratization, institutional choice in new democracies, the political economy of democratic survival, the legacy of extreme forms of dictatorship, and the politics of memory. He has been involved with the Varieties of Democracy project and is responsible for its batteries on civil society and state sovereignty. His has also been involved in the collection of new data on political parties and political legitimation.