The Authoritarian Public Sphere: Legitimation and Autocratic by Alexander Dukalskis

By Alexander Dukalskis

Authoritarian regimes craft and disseminate purposes, tales, and motives for why they're entitled to rule. To guard these legitimating messages from feedback, authoritarian regimes additionally censor info that they locate threatening. whereas dedicated rivals of the regime could be violently repressed, this booklet is set how the authoritarian country retains the vast majority of its humans quiescent by way of manipulating the ways that they speak and view political tactics, the specialists, and political possible choices.


Using North Korea, Burma (Myanmar) and China as case stories, this publication explains how the authoritarian public sphere shapes political discourse in each one context. It additionally examines 3 domain names of strength subversion of legitimating messages: the shadow markets of North Korea, networks of self sustaining reporters in Burma, and the net sphere in China. as well as creating a theoretical contribution to the research of authoritarianism, the e-book attracts upon detailed empirical facts from fieldwork carried out within the sector, together with interviews with North Korean defectors in South Korea, Burmese exiles in Thailand, and Burmese in Myanmar who stayed within the nation in the course of the army executive. whilst analyzed along state-produced media, speeches, and laws, the fabric offers a wealthy realizing of ways autocratic legitimation impacts daily discussions approximately politics within the authoritarian public sphere.


Explaining how autocracies control the ways that their electorate speak and view politics, this publication should be of curiosity to scholars and students of Asian politics, comparative politics and authoritarian regimes.

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