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Autocratic Stability During Regime Crises

PI: Joseph Wright, Pennsylvania State University

Year selected for award: 2012

Autocratic Stability During Regime Crises

Principal Investigator: Joseph Wright, Pennsylvania State University

Co-Investigators: James Honaker, Harvard University

Years of Award: 2012-2015

Managing Service Agency: Office of Naval Research

Project Description:

This project develops a better understanding of the relationship between foreign engagement of dictatorships, state-led violence in these countries, and the potential for democratic and non-violent regime change. The databases constructed for this research will have a broad impact for research on international conflict in non-democracies; foreign relations with autocratic countries; the integration of government and rebel fighters when civil wars end; the behavior of foreign militaries after regime change; and counter-terrorism effort in autocratic countries.

Select Publications:

John Chin, Wonjun Song, and Joseph Wright. “Personalization of Power and Mass Uprisings in Dictatorships.” Under review.
Wonjun Song. “Dictators, Personalized Security Forces, and Coups.” Under review.
Joseph Wright. 2020. Political Science Research and Methods. “The Structure of Autocratic Rule.”  Forthcoming.
Erica Frantz, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Joseph Wright, and Xu Xu. 2020. “Personalization of Power and Repression in Dictatorships.” Journal of Politics. 82(1):372-377
Wonjun Song and Joseph Wright. 2018. “The North Korean Autocracy in Comparative Perspective.”  Journal of East Asian Studies. 18(2): 157-180
Barbara Geddes, Joseph Wright, and Erica Frantz. 2019. "How Dictatorships Work: Power, Personalization, and Collapse". New York: Cambridge University Press
Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Erica Frantz, and Joseph Wright. 2017. “The Global Rise of Personalized Politics.” The Washington Quarterly 40(1):9-17.
George Derpanopoulos, Barbara Geddes, Erica Frantz, and Joseph Wright. 2016. “Are Coups Good for Democracy?” Research & Politics 3(1):1-7
Joseph Wright and Daehee Bak. 2016. “Measuring Autocratic Regime Instability.” Research & Politics 3(1): 1-7
Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Erica Frantz, and Joseph Wright. 2016. “The New Dictators: Why Personalism Rules.” Foreign Affairs-Snapshot: September 26, 2016.