Sources of Popular Support for Authoritarian Regimes

  title={Sources of Popular Support for Authoritarian Regimes},
  author={Barbara Geddes and J. Zaller},
  journal={American Journal of Political Science},
  • Barbara Geddes, J. Zaller
  • Published 1989
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of Political Science
  • All authoritarian governments attempt to control the flow of news and information to the public-but with what effect? To answer this question, we adapt an existing model of opinion formation to conditions in authoritarian countries, validate that model on opinion data collected in Brazil during its authoritarian period, and, finally, use the model to derive expectatipns about patterns of regime support that exist in different kinds of authoritarian systems. The paper shows that support for… CONTINUE READING
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