Title The political economics of non-democracy [electronic resource] / Georgy Egorov, Konstantin Sonin.
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2020.©2020
Author Egorov, Georgy, 1979- author.
National Bureau of Economic Research. issuing body.
Date 01-01-2020
Physical description 1 online resource.
online resource
Series NBER working paper series ; no. w27949
Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research) ; no. w27949.
Item WEB (Copy 1) INTERNET 1265691-1001 ONLINE
URL Full text available from the National Bureau of Economic Research: http://dx.doi.org/10.3386/w27949
Major subject Dictatorships
Political skills
Minor subject Overseas item
Notes "October 2020"
Includes bibliographical references.
Abstract We survey recent theoretical and empirical literature on political economics of non-democracies. Dictators face many challenges to their rule: internal, such as palace coups or breakdown of their support coalition, or external, such as mass protests or revolutions. We analyze strategic decisions made by dictators -- hiring political loyalists to positions that require competence, restricting media freedom at the cost of sacrificing bureaucratic efficiency, running a propaganda campaign, organizing electoral fraud, purging associates and opponents, and repressing citizens -- as driven by the desire to maximize the regime's chances of staying in power. We argue that the key to understanding the functioning and ultimately the fate of a nondemocratic regime is the information flows within the regime, and the institutions that govern these information flows.
LCN 1265691
Item ID 1265691-1001
Database Library Catalogue