Authoritarian Government

Stephen Haber

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Authoritarian Government

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This article discusses authoritarian government, and argues that the literature on authoritarianism can be integrated into a unified framework that explains variance in economic performance across dictatorships. It discusses the organizational theory of dictatorship and addresses the question why there are few stationary bandits. The logic of terror, which is the most direct strategy to curb the launching organization, is introduced in one section. This is followed by a study of the logic of co-optation, which is the strategy of co-opting the leadership of a launching organization by buying its loyalty. The final section focuses on the logic of organizational proliferation.

Keywords: authoritarian government; authoritarianism; framework; economic performance; dictatorship; organizational theory; logic of terror; logic of co-optation; logic of organizational proliferation

Article.  7124 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Economy ; Comparative Politics

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