Topic: Emergence, Life and Death of Autocratic Regimes

Thesis timeframe: May 2021
Application deadline: 02 Nov 2020


ELDAR will investigate three aspects of autocratic politics: 1) the emergence of autocratic regimes; 2) policy-making ("life") in autocracies in the areas of education, infrastructure and industrial policies, social policies and media regulation; and 3) autocratic regime breakdown. In doing so, ELDAR will address the preferences and capacities of vital actors in autocratic politics - the leader, regime support groups, and mobilized opposition groups. Team members will also study the specific, and diverse, institutions that underpin autocratic regimes.

We are interested in MA theses that explore these topics. We are especially encourage projects that look at economic policies in autocratic regimes, mass protest movements, and/or autocratization. We especially encourage projects with a large-N approach, for instance by comparing economic policies or mass protests within or across countries.

We also encourage students interested in the project, but with other research questions and/or methodological approaches to apply.