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Authoritarian regimes

Paul Brooker

in Comparative Politics

Fourth edition

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Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9780198737421
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191851018 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hepl/9780198737421.003.0008
Authoritarian regimes

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This chapter examines the concept of an authoritarian regime. Aside from the fact that they are not democracies, authoritarian regimes have little in common and are considerably diverse: from monarchies to military regimes, from clergy-dominated regimes to communist regimes, and from seeking a totalitarian control of thought through indoctrination to seeking recognition as a multiparty democracy through using semi-competitive elections. The chapter first traces the historical evolution of authoritarian regimes, with particular emphasis on the three-phase modernization of dictatorship in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It then explores the key questions of who rules an authoritarian regime, why they rule (their claim to legitimacy), and how they rule (their mechanisms of control). Finally, it considers two differing perspectives on the past and future of authoritarianism: the extinction interpretation and the evolution interpretation.

Keywords: authoritarian regime; democracy; modernization; dictatorship; legitimacy; authoritarianism; extinction interpretation; evolution interpretation; semi-competitive election; military regime

Chapter.  10503 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Methodology

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