publication . Doctoral thesis . 2016

The Organizational Weapon: Ruling Parties in Authoritarian Regimes

Meng, Anne;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: United States
This project examines party building in authoritarian regimes. The overarching puzzle I seek to address is: why are some autocratic ruling parties stronger organizations than others? What explains variation in the institutional capacity of autocratic rule? The collection of three essays in this dissertation outline the strategic logic of party institutionalization, in addition to providing new and original ways in which to measure this key concept of authoritarian party strength. It tests previously untested hypotheses about the origins of strong autocratic parties and provides insights on the conditions under which leaders will be incentivized to rule through b...
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