How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy? Comparative Insights from Post-Soviet Countries

@inproceedings{Soest2015HowDN,
  title={How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy? Comparative Insights from Post-Soviet Countries},
  author={Christian von Soest and Julia Grauvogel},
  year={2015}
}
The analysis using the new Regime Legitimation Expert Survey (RLES) demonstrates that non-democratic rulers in post-Soviet countries use specific combinations of legitimating claims to stay in power. Most notably, rulers claim to be the guardians of citizens’ socio-economic well-being. Second, despite recurrent infringements on political and civil rights, they maintain that their power is rule-based and embodies the will of the people, as they have been given popular electoral mandates. Third… CONTINUE READING

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