Dictators and Dictatorships: Understanding Authoritarian by Natasha M. Ezrow, Erica Frantz

By Natasha M. Ezrow, Erica Frantz

Dictators and Dictatorships is a qualitative enquiry into the politics of authoritarian regimes. It argues that political results in dictatorships are mostly a fabricated from leader-elite family members. alterations within the inner constitution of dictatorships impact the dynamics of this dating. This ebook indicates how dictatorships fluctuate from each other and the consequences of those modifications for political results. particularly, it examines political tactics in personalist, army, single-party, monarchic, and hybrid regimes.
The target of the booklet is to supply a transparent definition of what dictatorship potential, how authoritarian politics works, and what the political outcomes of dictatorship are. It discusses how authoritarianism affects more than a few political results, equivalent to financial functionality, foreign clash, and chief and regime durability.

Numerous case reports from all over the world help the idea and study provided to foster a greater figuring out of the interior workings of authoritarian regimes. through combining conception with concrete political occasions, the e-book will attract undergraduate scholars in comparative politics, diplomacy, authoritarian politics, and democratization.

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52). 66. Ibid. 67. Hadenius and Teorell, Pathways from Authoritarianism (2007, p. 146). 68. Hybrid monarchic regimes are rare. The Causes of Dictatorship Chapter Outline Explaining the Emergence of Authoritarian Government Summary and Conclusion 28 49 Notes 51 Authoritarian government has been the norm for most of the history. Despite waves of democratization in the post World War II era,1 authoritarian regimes still dot much of today’s political landscape. 3 Given the perseverance of authoritarian government, it is important to gain an understanding of its origin.

In the sections that follow, we present and examine this literature. Foundations of Totalitarianism The early work in this field has as its focus the origins of totalitarian and fascist forms of dictatorship. Central to this literature is an emphasis on the masses. According to Hannah Arendt,4 the rigors of extreme levels of individualism in capitalist societies attract people to totalitarianism as a form of government. Similarly, Juan Linz5 argues that totalitarianism emerges as a result of class and ideological conflict.

The presence of a middle class, central to Moore’s argument, is indicative of a society in which wealth is relatively evenly distributed. ’s17 view, the consolidation of democracy is linked closely to capitalist development, as capitalism limits the power of landholders and strengthens popular classes. Key to this process is the mobilization of the working and middle classes. These classes are able to organize themselves better where there is greater urbanization, factory production, and new forms of communication and transportation.

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