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How Regimes Work

Charles Tilly

in Regimes and Repertoires

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226803500
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226803531 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226803531.003.0002
How Regimes Work

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This chapter begins the adventure of classifying regimes and their changes by laying out first some tools for the description and analysis of contentious politics—government, governmental agents, political actors, regime, political resources, capital, commitment, contention, public politics, and contentious politics. This is then followed by a review of intersections of regimes with various forms of contentious politics. The chapter discusses regime space as a two-dimensional space: capacity democracy. The four crude types of regime are also addressed: low-capacity, nondemocratic; high-capacity, nondemocratic; high-capacity, democratic; and low-capacity, democratic. By following the leads drawn from Aristotle, Dahl, and Finer and concentrating on two sorts of regime variation: from nondemocratic to democratic regimes, and from low-capacity to high-capacity governments, the chapter then simplifies the work of analyzing regimes and contention.

Keywords: contentious politics; democratic regimes; political actors; political resources; capacity democracy; Aristotle; Dahl; Finer; governments

Chapter.  4103 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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