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The autocratic middle class : how state dependency reduces the demand for democracy

Author: Bryn Rosenfeld
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2021]
Series: Princeton studies in political behavior.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The conventional wisdom is that a growing middle class will give rise to democracy. Yet the middle classes of the developing world have grown at a remarkable pace over the past two decades, and much of this growth has taken place in countries that remain nondemocratic. Rosenfeld explains this phenomenon by showing how modern autocracies secure support from key middle-class constituencies. Drawing on original  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Informational works
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rosenfeld, Bryn, 1981-
Autocratic middle class
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2021]
(DLC) 2020014696
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bryn Rosenfeld
ISBN: 9780691192192 0691192197 9780691192185 0691192189
OCLC Number: 1163936085
Description: x, 276 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The autocratic middle class --
State dependence and middle class demand for democracy --
The post-communist middle classes, the state, and democratization --
Rethinking the middle class protest paradigm --
Choosing to work for the state --
Revolution, democratic retrenchment, and the middle class --
Aligning the middle class with autocracy : rhetoric and practice.
Series Title: Princeton studies in political behavior.
Responsibility: Bryn Rosenfeld.

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"The conventional wisdom is that a growing middle class will give rise to democracy. Yet the middle classes of the developing world have grown at a remarkable pace over the past two decades, and much of this growth has taken place in countries that remain nondemocratic. Rosenfeld explains this phenomenon by showing how modern autocracies secure support from key middle-class constituencies. Drawing on original surveys, interviews, archival documents, and secondary sources collected from nine months in the field, she compares the experiences of recent post-communist countries, including Russia, the Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, to show that under autocracy, state efforts weaken support for democracy, especially among the middle class. When autocratic states engage extensively in their economies - by offering state employment, offering perks to those to those who are loyal, and threatening dismissal to those who are disloyal - the middle classes become dependent on the state for economic opportunities and career advancement, and, ultimately, do not support a shift toward democratization. Her argument explains why popular support for Ukraine's Orange Revolution unraveled or why Russians did not protest evidence of massive electoral fraud. The author's research questions the assumption that a rising share of educated, white-collar workers always makes the conditions for democracy more favorable, and why dependence on the state has such pernicious consequences for democratization"--

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"Rosenfeld's book is essential reading for anyone interested in questions of development and democratisation. In its successful effort to illuminate the role of the middle class in promoting Read more...

 
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