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Buchvorstellung | Johannes Gerschewski – The Two Logics of Autocratic Rule | WZB Berlin

19.10.2023 | 16:00 - 18:00

Johannes Gerschewski will present his new book "The Two Logics of Autocratic Rule" that has just been published with Cambridge University Press. The presentation will be followed by comments from Seraphine Maerz (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Michael Bernhard (University of Florida).

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About the book

In his book, Gerschewski argues that all autocracies must fulfil three conditions to survive: the co-optation of key elites into their inner sanctum, the repression of potential dissent, and popular legitimation. Yet, how these conditions complement each other depends on alternative logics: over-politicization and de-politicization. While the former aims at mobilizing people via inflating a friend-foe distinction, the latter renders the people passive and apathetic, relying instead on performance-driven forms of legitimation. Gerschewski supports this two-logics theory with the empirical analysis of forty-five autocratic regime episodes in East Asia since the end of World War II. In simultaneously synthesizing and extending existing research on non-democracies, this book proposes an innovative way to understand autocratic rule that goes beyond the classic distinction between totalitarian and authoritarian regimes. It will be of interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, political theory, and East Asian politics.

Johannes Gerschewski is a Research Fellow of the WZB Research Unit Global Governance and Academic Coordinator of the SCRIPTS Theory Network.

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Zeit & Ort

19.10.2023 | 16:00 - 18:00

WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Wintergarten Lounge
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin