What Autocracies Say (and What Citizens Hear): Proposing Four Mechanisms of Autocratic Legitimation

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dc.contributor.author Dukalskis, Alexander
dc.contributor.author Gerschewski, Johannes
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-12T14:03:05Z
dc.date.copyright 2017 Taylor and Francis en
dc.date.issued 2017-03
dc.identifier.citation Contemporary Politics en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9220
dc.description.abstract Autocratic governments make claims about why they are entitled to rule. Some autocracies are more talkative than others, but all regimes say something about why they deserve power. This article takes seriously these efforts by introducing and interrogating the concept of autocratic legitimation. After engaging in a definitional discussion, it traces the development of autocratic legitimation in modern political science by identifying major turning points, key concepts, and patterns of inquiry over time. Ultimately, this introductory article aims to not only argue that studying autocratic legitimation is important, but also to propose context, concepts, and distinctions for doing so productively. To this end, the article proposes four mechanisms of autocratic legitimation that can facilitate comparative analysis: indoctrination, passivity, performance, and democratic-procedural. Finally, the essay briefly introduces the five original articles that comprise the remainder of this special issue on autocratic legitimation. The article identifies avenues for further research and identifies how each article in the issue advances down productive pathways of inquiry. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in Contemporary Politics 23 (3), pp.251-268. Contemporary Politics is available online at: www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13569775.2017.1304320 en
dc.subject Autocracy en
dc.subject Authoritarianism en
dc.subject Legitimation en
dc.subject Legitimacy en
dc.subject Totalitarianism en
dc.subject Elections en
dc.title What Autocracies Say (and What Citizens Hear): Proposing Four Mechanisms of Autocratic Legitimation en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.authorcontactother alexander.dukalskis@ucd.ie
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 23 en
dc.identifier.issue 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 251 en
dc.identifier.endpage 268 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/13569775.2017.1304320
dc.neeo.contributor Dukalskis|Alexander|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Gerschewski|Johannes|aut|
dc.date.embargo 2018-09-16
dc.internal.rmsid 733312059
dc.date.updated 2017-11-15T08:12:37Z
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