After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition

After Repression: How Polarization Derails Democratic Transition discusses how differing forms of repression shape the outcomes of democratic transitions

Abstract:  “In the wake of the Arab Spring, newly empowered factions in Tunisia and Egypt vowed to work together to establish democracy. In Tunisia, political elites passed a new constitution, held parliamentary elections, and demonstrated the strength of their democracy with a peaceful transfer of power. Yet in Egypt, unity crumbled due to polarization among elites. Presenting a new theory of polarization under authoritarianism, After Repression reveals how polarization and the legacies of repression led to these substantially divergent political outcomes.”

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