Publikation | 12.08.2015

Die Lizenz zum Regieren in post-sowjetischen Staaten

Wie rechtfertigen autoritäre Herrscher ihren Machtanspruch? Christian von Soest und Julia Grauvogel ergründen die Legitimationsstrategien post-sowjetischer Regime.

Demonstrants in Baku
© Reuters / Sergei Karpukhin

The analysis using the new Regime Legitimation Expert Survey (RLES) demonstrates that non‐democratic rulers in post‐Soviet countries use specific combinations of legitimating claims to stay in power.

Most notably, rulers claim to be the guardians of citizens’ socioeconomic well‐being. Second, despite recurrent infringements on political and civil rights, they maintain that their power is rule‐based and embodies the will of the people, as they have been given popular electoral mandates. Third, they couple these elements with inputbased legitimation strategies that focus on nationalist ideologies, the personal capabilities and charismatic aura of the rulers, and the regime’s foundational myth.

Overall, the reliance on these input‐based strategies is lower in the western post‐Soviet Eurasian countries and very pronounced among the authoritarian rulers of Central Asia.

Christian von Soest / Julia Grauvogel, How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy? Comparative Insights from Post-Soviet Countries, GIGA Working Paper, No. 277, August 2015

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Dr. Mirjam Edel

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

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How Do Non-Democratic Regimes Claim Legitimacy? Comparative Insights from Post-Soviet Countries

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