How Dictatorships Work

Barbara Geddes, Joseph Wright, Erica Frantz

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John Chin, Wonjun Song, and Joseph Wright. “Personalization of Power and Mass Uprisings in Dictatorships.”

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Joseph Wright. Forthcoming. Political Science Research and Methods. “The Structure of Autocratic Rule.”  AppendixPersonalism dataReproduction files.

Erica Frantz, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Joseph Wright, and Xu Xu. 2020. “Personalization of Power and Repression in Dictatorships.” Journal of Politics. Appendix. Reproduction files.

Wonjun Song and Joseph Wright. 2018. “The North Korean Autocracy in Comparative Perspective.”  Journal of East Asian Studies.




This project is supported by the National Science Foundation (BCS-0904478) and the Minerva Research Initiative (ONR N000141211004)