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The perfect dictatorship? : Comparing authoritarian rule in South Korea and in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico

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  • The perfect dictatorship?
  • Domínguez, Jorge I.
  • American Political Science Association


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Title The perfect dictatorship?
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Comparing authoritarian rule in South Korea and in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico

Material Type Proceedings
Author(English)

Domínguez, Jorge I.

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[Washington, D.C.]:American Political Science Association

Date 2002
Pages 24
Subject Country Argentina(Americas)
Brazil(Americas)
Chile(Americas)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Original Format pdf
Subject Government and Law < Political Systems
Holding Harvard University

Abstract

What is a “perfect dictatorship”? Such a regime provokes little societal resistance at installation. Its leaders act jointly to consolidate the regime and to broaden the support coalition by agreeing upon succession rules to rotate the presidency within the authoritarian regime. They delegate policy- making authority to civilians in areas of their competence. They emphasize consultation, not open contestation, prefer cooptation to repression, eschew ideological appeals, compel social actors into regime-licensed organizations, and deactivate civil society. South Korea under Park Chung Hee is compared on these dimensions to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico, all at a time when authoritarian regimes governed them.

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Prepared for delivery at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 29-September 1, 2002, Boston. Panel 11-25.