Daily Archives: May 14, 2022

Rooting Russia’s politics in common patterns of autocratic rule

Autocrats face hard choices about rewarding narrow interest groups or pursuing policies with broader benefits, using repression or persuasion against political opponents, and choosing how much to censor the media, cheat in elections, and violate human rights in order to … Continue reading

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Life in authoritarian states is mostly boring and tolerable

Thomas Pepinsky, Vox: The mental image that most Americans harbor of what actual authoritarianism looks like is fantastical and cartoonish. This vision has jackbooted thugs, all-powerful elites acting with impunity, poverty and desperate hardship for everyone else, strict controls on … Continue reading

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