The Politics of Authoritarian Rule

  title={The Politics of Authoritarian Rule},
  author={Milan W. Svolik},
1. Introduction: the anatomy of dictatorship 2. The world of authoritarian politics Part I. The Problem of Authoritarian Power-Sharing: 3. And then there was one!: Authoritarian power-sharing and the path to personal dictatorship 4. Institutions, collective action, and the success of authoritarian power-sharing Part II. The Problem of Authoritarian Control: 5. Moral hazard in authoritarian repression and the origins of military dictatorships 6. Why authoritarian parties?: The regime party as an… 

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