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3 - Repression

from Part II - Theory

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 April 2023

Johannes Gerschewski
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Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
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This chapter is dedicated to the role of the potential opposition in autocracies. It deals with the various forms of repressing dissent and how autocratic incumbents keep the opposition at bay. Like the previous and the subsequent chapters, it condenses in a first step our current knowledge about the topic, carving out the lessons learned for the conceptualization of the over-politicizing and de-politicizing logics. It introduces the broad distinction between soft and hard forms of repression. While the former violates civil liberties and political rights, the latter infringes upon the person’s integrity rights. It is argued that over-politicizing autocracies seek to justify even the usage of hard repression by inflating a friend-foe distinction and declaring an internal foe. In contrast, de-politicizing regimes avoid using this type of repression, as it risks breaking the silent autocratic contract between the passivated people and the regime that is supposed to materially deliver.

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  • Repression
  • Johannes Gerschewski, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
  • Book: The Two Logics of Autocratic Rule
  • Online publication: 06 April 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009199407.006
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  • Repression
  • Johannes Gerschewski, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
  • Book: The Two Logics of Autocratic Rule
  • Online publication: 06 April 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009199407.006
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  • Repression
  • Johannes Gerschewski, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
  • Book: The Two Logics of Autocratic Rule
  • Online publication: 06 April 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009199407.006
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