Regularized Rioting : Informational Mechanisms in an Authoritarian State

@inproceedings{Lorentzen2005RegularizedR,
  title={Regularized Rioting : Informational Mechanisms in an Authoritarian State},
  author={Peter Lorentzen},
  year={2005}
}
Authoritarian governments face two major informational challenges. Lacking a free press, opposition parties, or other independent voices, it is difficult both to control the lower levels of the government hierarchy and to assess the true level of support the government has among different groups of citizens. This paper suggests a mechanism by which a government principal can solve both problems simultaneously. By rewarding citizens for engaging in costly protest activities, the government both… CONTINUE READING

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