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The Autocratic Middle Class: How State Dependency Reduces the Demand for Democracy

Bryn Rosenfeld

Abstract

Conventional wisdom holds that the rising middle-classes are a force for democracy. Yet in post-Soviet countries like Russia, where the middle-class has grown rapidly, authoritarianism is deepening. Challenging a basic tenet of democratization theory, this book shows how the middle-classes can actually be a source of support for autocracy and authoritarian resilience, and reveals why development and economic growth do not necessarily lead to greater democracy. In pursuit of development, authoritarian states often employ large swaths of the middle-class in state administration, the government b ... More

Keywords: economic dependence, democratization, authoritarian resilience, middle-classes, democracy, authoritarianism, autocracy, authoritarian states

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691192185
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691192185.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bryn Rosenfeld, author
Cornell University