Nonviolent Repression in Electoral Autocracies
According to the Varieties of Democracy project, in 2021, 68% of the world's population lived in nondemocracies. The dominant form of nondemocracy are electoral autocracies, regimes that permit opposition parties and uncompetitive elections. To manage dissent, governments in these regimes increasingly rely on strategies of nonviolent repression.
About the project
Our project offers the first systematic study of how strategies of nonviolent repression influence protest coordination between different types of opposition parties and voters in electoral autocracies. We focus on one strategy of nonviolent repression in particular, the use of protest permit authorizations.
News & Updates
In the article, we examine authorities’ use of the law to diminish their opponents’ ability and willingness to challenge the state, a process known as ‘legal repression’.
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DATA ON PROTEST
We are currently collecting and analyzing a set of data related to protests in Russia, and will make them available through Dataverse in 2022.
We are currently collecting and analyzing a set of survey data related to protests in Russia, and will make them available through Dataverse in 2022.