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How dictatorships work : power, personalization, and collapse

Author: Barbara Geddes; Joseph Wright; Erica Frantz
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This accessible volume shines a light on how autocracy really works by providing basic facts about how post-World War II dictatorships achieve, retain, and lose power."--Publisher's description.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Geddes; Joseph Wright; Erica Frantz
ISBN: 9781107115828 1107115825 9781107535954 1107535956
OCLC Number: 1040115977
Description: xvi, 257 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : Implementing our definition of regime ; The groups that initiate dictatorships ; Conflict and bargaining within the seizure group ; Appendix: Coding rules for authoritarian regimes --
Part I. Initiation : Autocratic seizures of power : Who do dictatorial seizure groups oust? ; How dictatorships begin ; Before the seizure of power ; The morning after a seizure of power ; Post-seizure organization --
What do we know about coups? : Coups for various purposes ; Preconditions associated with regime-change coups ; Inequality and coups --
Part II. Elite consolidation : Power concentration: the effect of elite factionalism on personalization : Elite bargaining in dictatorships ; Handing power to a leader ; Bargaining over the distribution of resources and power ; Characteristics that influence the credibility of threats to oust the dictator ; Measuring personalism ; Patterns of Personalism ; The effect of factionalism on the personalization of power --
Dictatorial survival strategies in challenging conditions: factionalized armed supporters and party creation ; The strategic context ; The interaction of dispersed arms and factionalism ; The strategic creation of new political actors ; Evidence that post-seizure party creation aims to counterbalance factionalized armed supporters ; Post-seizure party creation and dictatorial survival ; The effect of post-seizure party creation on the likelihood of coups --
Part III. Ruling society: implementation and information gathering : Why parties and elections in dictatorships? : implementation, monitoring, and information gathering ; Elite competition and institutions that engage citizens ; Parties ; Dictatorial legislatures ; Elections --
Double-edged swords: specialized institutions for monitoring and coercion : Internal security agencies ; The army: bulwark of the regime or incubator of plots? ; The relationship between counterbalancing and interference --
Part IV. Dictatorial survival and breakdown : Why dictatorships fall : How dictatorships end ; Individual support and opposition ; The effect of crisis on decisions to oppose the dictatorship ; Economic crisis and breakdown ; Power concentration and regime survival ; Leadership changes and regime breakdown ; The dictator's future and the likelihood of democratization ; The effect of personalization on prospects for democracy --
Conclusion and policy implications.
Responsibility: Barbara Geddes, Joseph Wright, Erica Frantz.

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