The Authoritarian Resurgence: Autocratic Legalism in Venezuela

  title={The Authoritarian Resurgence: Autocratic Legalism in Venezuela},
  author={Javier Michael Corrales},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={37 - 51}
Abstract:This paper contributes to the literature on dynamics of hybrid regimes, i.e., whether these regimes stay stable, or instead, turn more democratic or more autocratic with time. Venezuela since the mid-2000s is an example of the latter. I first focus on how this happened in Venezuela. I posit that the turn toward greater authoritarianism occurred through autocratic legalism. This refers to the use, abuse, and disuse of the law to disempower veto players. I then focus on the “why… Expand

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