Characteristics Of An Authoritarian Regime

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As a proud democratic country it is hard for Americans to look at another regime type and think of it as having positive qualities. This is especially true regarding an authoritarian regime. Easily associated with Russia and thus the Cold War, seeing any good come from our once enemies regime is difficult. However just because proud Americans cannot see something does not mean it does not exist; there are positive qualities to an authoritarian regime type, especially when limited to looking at the short term. These regimes are constantly rising and falling in the world. If there were no positive aspects to an authoritarian regime we could expect to see the opposite occur. From providing a sense of stability or faster decision making an authoritarian …show more content…
The economy is in shambles, food is scarce, homes are gone and decisions need to be made. Does your country want to take the time to create a democratic government with checks and balances, multiple branches to ensure democracy, establishing elections and cycles? Or would the promise of a single source of government control that can make fast decisions and pick your country up and put it back on its feet, be more enticing? For war torn countries more often than not the promise of a quick recovery enough to lead to an authoritarian …show more content…
As the name suggests this model focuses on exports but it also employs a heavily controlled labor force. To keep the country exporting a substantial amount the regime must repress consumption demand within its own country. “Relying on an external source of revenue fosters weakly institutionalized states because the ease of financing state expenditures provides no incentives for government officials to build strong institutions” (Weinthal and Luong, 282-283.) This model works better for smaller countries with a smaller number of citizens to suppress. Because this model requires the country to participate in the global market the products must be produced at both a low cost and high quality. The world market also allows the country to acquire foreign capital which is beneficial to backing the countries own

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