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Contributions to Political Science

The Politics of Repression Under Authoritarian Rule

How Steadfast is the Iron Throne?

Authors: Tanneberg, Dag

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  • Analyzes political repression as a tool to secure the stability of authoritarian rule
  • Offers an in-depth empirical study of the post-Second World War period
  • Studies the effects of repression on political campaigns or the likelihood of coups d’état
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Does authoritarian rule benefit from political repression? This book claims that it does, if restrictions and violence, two fundamentally different forms of repression, complement each other. Based on an in-depth quantitative analysis of the post-Second World War period, the author draws three central conclusions. Firstly, restrictions and violence offer different advantages, suffer from different drawbacks, and matter differently for identical problems of authoritarian rule. Secondly, empirical data supports complementarity only as long as political repression preempts political opposition. Lastly, despite its conceptual centrality, political repression has little influence on the outcomes of authoritarian politics. The book also offers new insights into questions such as whether repression hinders successful political campaigns or whether it is more likely to trigger coups d’état.

About the authors

Dag Tanneberg studied Political Science at the Universities of Halle/Saale and Berlin, Germany, as well as at Duke University, Durham, USA. Currently, he works at the University of Potsdam. His research focuses on issues of autocracy, human rights and contentious politics, as well as political science methodology. He has published articles in various journals, such as Contemporary PoliticsGovernance & PoliticsZeitschrift für Vergleichende PolitikwissenschaftPolitische VierteljahresschriftContemporary Politics, and Governance & Politics.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Repression Under Authoritarian Rule
Book Subtitle
How Steadfast is the Iron Throne?
Authors
Series Title
Contributions to Political Science
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35477-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35477-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35476-3
Series ISSN
2198-7289
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 176
Number of Illustrations
59 b/w illustrations
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