Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know®

ISBN : 9780190880194

Erica Frantz
256 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Nov 2018
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Despite the spread of democratization following the Cold War's end, all signs indicate that we are currently seeing a resurgence of authoritarianism. Around forty percent of the world's people live under some form of authoritarian rule, and authoritarian regimes govern about a third of the world's countries. In Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to KnowRG, Erica Frantz guides us through today's authoritarian wave, explaining how it came to be and what its features are. She also looks at authoritarians themselves, focusing in particular on the techniques they use to take power, the strategies they use to survive, and how they fall. As she demonstrates, understanding how politics works in authoritarian regimes and recognizing the factors that either give rise to them or trigger their downfall, remains as important as ever. This book paves the ways for such an understanding. Authoritarianism is a clear and concise overview that provides readers with a context for making sense of one of the most important-and most worrying-developments in contemporary world politics.


1. Introduction
2. Understanding Authoritarian Politics
3. The Authoritarian Landscape
4. Authoritarian Leadership
5. Authoritarian Regime Types
6. How Authoritarian Regimes Gain Power
7. Strategies for Survival
8. How Authoritarian Regimes Fall and What Comes Next
9. Conclusion

About the author: 

Erica Frantz is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Michigan State University. She specializes in authoritarian politics, with a focus on democratization, conflict, and development. She is also interested in the security and policy implications of authoritarian rule. She has written four books on dictatorships and development, and her work has appeared in multiple academic and policy-oriented journals.

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