Theories of Authoritarianism

These lecture videos are part of my series in Introduction to Comparative Politics, but are specially uploaded for my students at Long Island University Brooklyn, who because of the COVID-19 virus have to complete their coursework for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester online.

The material is open to all subscribers and those interested in the subject, but all graduate and undergraduate students of mine are required to view them for their course.

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Lecture 06: Theories of Authoritarianism
Part I – Introduction to Authoritarianism

This lecture introduces students to comparative theories of authoritarianism, or as I prefer to use “non-democracies”, since the number of states lacking liberal consolidated governments and political systems varies from corporate oligarchy like Singapore, to Orwellian regimes like the DPRK. In this lecture, we explore varying theories of authoritarianism, totalitarianism, sultanism, and bureaucratic authoritarianism.

Material is largely drawn from Juan Linz and Alfred Stepan’s Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997), chapter 3: “Modern Non-Democratic Regimes”.

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