Andreas Schedler is a Senior Research Fellow at the CEU Democracy Institute. He is Head of the Research Group on De- and Re-Democratization (DRD) and a Visiting Professor at CEU Vienna. He earned his PhD from the University of Vienna. Before joining the CEU, he was a professor of political science at the Center for Economic Teaching and Research (CIDE) in Mexico City. A leading comparative scholar of democracy, democratization, and authoritarianism, he has widely published on authoritarian elections, democratic consolidation and transition, anti-political-establishment parties, political accountability, and organized violence. His current research focuses on political polarization and the destruction of basic democratic trust.