Hereditary Succession in Modern Autocracies

@article{Brownlee2008HereditarySI,
  title={Hereditary Succession in Modern Autocracies},
  author={Jason Brownlee},
  journal={World Politics},
  year={2008},
  volume={59},
  pages={595 - 628}
}
Hereditary succession, the conventional method for preserving monarchies, has also been used to perpetuate republic-style dictatorships. With an original data set of 258 post–World War II nonmonarchical autocrats, the author tests Gordon Tullock's hypothesis that hereditary succession appeals to the ruler and to nonfamilial elites wary of a leadership struggle. The full data and close comparisons of succession outcomes are consistent with Tullock's account. In the absence of prior experience… 

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