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The rush to personalize: power concentration after failed coups in dictatorships

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dc.contributor.author Timoneda, Joan C.
dc.contributor.author Escribà-Folch, Abel
dc.contributor.author Chin, John
dc.date.accessioned 2023-06-12T05:36:51Z
dc.date.available 2023-06-12T05:36:51Z
dc.date.issued 2023
dc.identifier.citation Timoneda JC, Escribà-Folch A, Chin J. The rush to personalize: power concentration after failed coups in dictatorships. Brit J Polit Sci. 2023;53(3):878-901. DOI: 10.1017/S0007123422000655
dc.identifier.issn 0007-1234
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/57138
dc.description.abstract How do failed coups influence power personalization in dictatorships? While scholars have studied the mechanisms of personalism in dictatorships in detail, little attention has been paid to the timing and determinants of surges in personalism levels. In this article, we propose that personalism can evolve non-linearly, and show that large, quite rapid increases in personalization by dictators occur after a failed coup attempt. The logic is that failed coups are information-revealing events that provide the dictator with strong motives and ample opportunities to accumulate power. The leader uses this window of opportunity to rapidly consolidate his power at the expense of the ruling coalition. We test the theory using time-series, cross-sectional data on dictatorships in 114 countries in the period between 1946 and 2010. Two placebo tests indicate that disruptive events by regime outsiders – failed assassination attempts and civil war onsets – do not promote the rush to personalize.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press
dc.relation.ispartof British Journal of Political Science. 2023;53(3):878-901
dc.rights This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original article is properly cited.
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dc.title The rush to personalize: power concentration after failed coups in dictatorships
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007123422000655
dc.subject.keyword Coups
dc.subject.keyword Failed coups
dc.subject.keyword Dictatorship
dc.subject.keyword Personalization
dc.subject.keyword Power concentration
dc.subject.keyword Synthetic control
dc.subject.keyword Synthetic control
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