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What drives politics in dictatorships? Milan W. Svolik argues that each one authoritarian regimes needs to unravel basic conflicts. First, dictators face threats from the hundreds over which they rule - this is often the matter of authoritarian keep watch over. A moment, separate problem arises from the elites with whom dictators rule - this is often the matter of authoritarian power-sharing. Crucially, even if and the way dictators get to the bottom of those difficulties is formed through the dismal setting within which authoritarian politics occurs: in a dictatorship, no self sustaining authority has the facility to implement agreements between key actors and violence is the last word arbiter of clash. utilizing the instruments of online game concept, Svolik explains why a few dictators, resembling Saddam Hussein, determine own autocracy and remain in energy for many years; why management adjustments somewhere else are standard and institutionalized, as in modern China; why a few dictatorships are governed by means of infantrymen, as Uganda was once below Idi Amin; why many authoritarian regimes, comparable to PRI-era Mexico, hold regime-sanctioned political events; and why a country's authoritarian previous casts an extended shadow over its customers for democracy, because the unfolding occasions of the Arab Spring display. whilst assessing his arguments, Svolik enhances those and different old case stories with the statistical research of finished, unique facts on associations, leaders, and ruling coalitions throughout all dictatorships from 1946 to 2008.

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The origin and end of all 199 authoritarian spells in the data are listed in the appendix at the end of this chapter. 2, any attempt to explain authoritarian politics must confront its extraordinary scope and diversity. 2. Dictatorship around the world, 1946–2008. Note: World geography as of 2002; not displaying countries that ceased to exist prior to 2002; countries that were part of another dictatorship prior to 2002 do not inherit that dictatorship’s year count. 46 − 57 years (32 countries) 38 − 45 years (33 countries) 27 − 37 years (32 countries) 2 − 26 years (34 countries) Democracy or Not Independent 28 The Politics of Authoritarian Rule first place by what democracy is not.

Chapter 6 thus clarifies why authoritarian parties are best thought of as incentive structures that encourage sunk political investment by their members; why they serve to marginalize opposition rather than to co-opt it; and why party dictatorships with these organizational features survive under less favorable circumstances than dictatorships without them, even if the latter expand the same resources on co-optation. I also explain why dictatorships need the actual institution of the party; why some dictatorships find co-optation via parties less attractive than the alternatives of repression or co-optation by social spending alone; and why former authoritarian party elites so frequently continue to hold a firm grip over the politics of nascent democracies.

When restricted to dictatorships, Aristotle distinguished between the government of one and a few, Montesquieu between despotic and monarchical regimes, and Machiavelli between absolute and limited princes – all of which actually parallel the power-sharing equilibria of established and contested autocracy that I develop in Chapter 3. In contemporary political science, the heterogeneity of authoritarian politics – as well as prevailing global trends – have been matched by a correspondingly diverse and evolving set of typologies.

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