APSA-CD Newsletter: Opposition in Authoritarian Regimes

“Most studies of authoritarian political systems examine their inner workings, or the ways regime insiders use resources to limit activities threatening their hegemony. The authors here focus explicitly on opposition to these regimes and offer new insights, as well as venues for further research in the study of authoritarian opposition,” writes Eitan Tzelgov, the guest editor of APSA-CD’s January 2016 newsletter on “Opposition in Authoritarian Regimes.”

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  • Opposition Coordination in Africa by Michael Wahman (University of Missouri)
  • Destined for Defeat? Why People Run for Opposition in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes by Keith Weghorst (Vanderbilt University)
  • The Disturbing Normality of Protest under Authoritarianism by Andreas Schedler (CIDE, Mexico City)
  • How Opposition Cooptation and Institutional Constraints Affect State Repression in Autocracies by Courtenay R. Conrad (University of California, Merced) and Ae Sil Woo (University of California, Merced)
  • Terrorism as a Tactic in Dictatorships by Deniz Aksoy (Princeton University)


APSA-CD Newsletter is produced three times per year and features 3-5 original articles on democratization, as well as bibliographic information on new research from leading political scientists and academic journals.

The International Forum for Democratic Studies serves as the Secretariat for the APSA-Comparative Democratization section, and each issue of APSA-CD is jointly produced by the Forum and the Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) at the University of Gothenburg.