Personalization of power and repression in dictatorships

Erica Frantz, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Joseph Wright, Xu Xu

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This article uses new data measuring gradations of personalism in authoritarian regimes to evaluate the relationship between concentration of power and patterns of repression. It shows that the personalization of power in dictatorships leads to an increase in repression and, thus, a decrease in respect for human rights. Given the rise in personalism we are witnessing globally, the findings of this study imply that repression is likely to become more prevalent in dictatorships as a consequence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-377
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science


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