- 鈴鹿国際大学紀要Campana (ISSN:13428802)
- vol.21, pp.55-75, 2015-03-10
The purpose of this article is to understand the robustness and resilience of contemporary authoritarian regimes. Since the collapse of Communist regimes in the Soviet Russian region including eastern Europe and the end of the Cold War, most of the democratic theorists and researchers on regime transition have tended to regard today's authoritarianism as inherently fragile, and then often fail to recognize the resilience of authoritarianism. However, many of twenty-first-century authoritarianism continue to exist, even flourish and expand its power in an age of democratization. This article argues what factors contribute to the survival of today's autocracy. Although essentially authoritarian, contemporary authoritarian regimes also adopt democratic institutions such as election, but use (abuse?)these institutions for their authoritarian purposes. This article discusses the new, sophisticated skills and techniques of today's dictators' survival strategies.