Time Is Power: The Noninstitutional Sources of Stability in Autocracies

@article{Abramson2016TimeIP,
  title={Time Is Power: The Noninstitutional Sources of Stability in Autocracies},
  author={S. Abramson and C. Rivera},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2016},
  volume={78},
  pages={1279 - 1295}
}
  • S. Abramson, C. Rivera
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • The Journal of Politics
  • Is personal power hereditable in autocracies? Given the discretion that autocrats often have to alter the formal rules of the game, personal power is key for understanding political development in nondemocracies. However, recent scholarship has ignored this question. To fill this gap we exploit the random timing of natural deaths for a set of European monarchs to show that leaders with longer tenures tended to be succeeded by their sons and had successors that were less frequently deposed and… CONTINUE READING
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