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Crisis in Autocratic Regimes

Johannes Gerschewski and Christoph H. Stefes, editors
Crisis in Autocratic Regimes
ISBN: 978-1-62637-673-1
ISBN: 978-1-62637-725-7
2018/269 pages/LC: 2017024210


What makes autocratic regimes vulnerable? Why, in times of crisis, do some of these regimes break down while others weather the storm? This is the puzzle addressed in Crisis in Autocratic Regimes. Taking a long-term perspective, the authors focus not on sudden shocks and ruptures, but instead on gradual processes of disintegration as they unfold over time.


Johannes Gerschewski is research fellow in the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin. Christoph H. Stefes is associate professor of comparative politics at the University of Colorado Denver.


  • Analyzing Crises in Autocratic Regimes—J. Gerschewski.
  • Anticipating Crises in Autocracies—M.K. Dimitrov.
  • Disturbing the Dictator: Peaceful Protest Under Authoritarianism—A. Schedler.
  • Force vs. Institutions in Authoritarian Politics—M.W. Svolik.
  • The Military and Autocratic Regimes Crises: Roles of the Armed Forces—A. Croissant, T. Eschenauer, and J. Kamerling.
  • The Impact of Elections: The Case of Uganda—S.-E. Helle and L. Rakner.
  • Coordination and Crisis Prevention: The Case of Post-Soviet Eurasia—M. Bader.
  • The Resilience of Authoritarianism: The Case of the Chinese Developmental State—T. Heberer.
  • Historical Legacies and the Institutionalization of Military Rule: Lessons from Latin America—F. Agüero and J. Brückner.
  • Successes and Failures of Authoritarian Governance: The Case of the Arab Spring—F. Volpi.
  • Crisis? What Crisis? Concluding Thoughts—C.H. Stefes.