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volatility in authoritarian regimes is extremely limited due to the fact that so far, the students of voter volatility excluded authoritarian regimes from their samples at the stage of case selection. However, our understanding of electoral authoritarian regimes is bound to remain profoundly incomplete

In: Comparative Sociology

Introduction The optimism that once accompanied the third wave of democratisation has given way to the realisation that many authoritarian regimes have found the means to resist and counter democratisation. 1 This has led to a proliferation of scholarship on the design, durability

In: European Journal of East Asian Studies

Introduction Belarus is a special case among the post-Soviet countries in Europe. In contrast to the democratic (Baltic States) or semi-democratic (Russia, Moldova or Ukraine) tendencies in other countries, Belarus has been characterized as a fully-fledged authoritarian regime personified in

In: The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review
Author: Hani Anouti

political discrimination against non-religious minorities. In this context, this article will investigate the puzzling relationship between religious minorities, economic discrimination, and authoritarian regimes by answering the following question: why is economic discrimination against religious

In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights
Author: David Lewis

Security Sector Reform in authoritarian regimes: The OSCE experience of police assistance programming in Central Asia David Lewis 1 Since 2002 the OSCE has been engaged in a variety of programmes to help reform the security sectors of Central Asian states. 2 The OSCE Centre in Bishkek has

In: Security and Human Rights

authoritarian regimes breed such responsible civil society? An important literature on Russian civil society already discusses its evolution, challenges, and prospects under Putin. 4 In particular, scholars show how Putin’s regime skillfully uses a mixture of coercive and channeling strategies to direct

In: Russian Politics

* The author wishes to thank two anonymous reviewers and the editor for their suggestions, which helped to improve the draft. Managing national political elites is one of the most important tasks faced by any authoritarian regime. After all, in electoral authoritarian systems, the very

In: Central Asian Affairs
Author: Maria Josua

Introduction The protests that swept the Arab region in the beginning of 2011 posed a major challenge to elites in many authoritarian regimes. Nonetheless, some countries have experienced only limited protests. Besides other strategies, co-optation has been brought up by scholars as an

In: Middle East Law and Governance
In: (Re)Constructing Memory
Author: Slavomir Horák

need not translate into chaos or even instability. The literature on authoritarian regime transition in various parts of the world often focuses on regime change—that is, a structural shift from one system to another (typically the transformation from an authoritarian or totalitarian political system

In: Central Asian Affairs