Constraining Dictatorship: From Personalized Rule to Institutionalized Regimes

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Anne Meng
Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics, University of Virginia
Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago, Fall 2019

Meng will present an overview of her book project, which examines the creation and consequences of executive constraints in authoritarian regimes. How do some dictatorships become institutionalized ruled-based systems, while others remain heavily personalist? Once implemented, do executive constraints play an effective role in promoting autocratic stability? To understand patterns of regime institutionalization, Meng addresses the emergence of constitutional term limits and succession procedures, as well as elite power-sharing within presidential cabinets.