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In South Carolina, Democrats debated when a dictator is really a dictator. So what’s the answer?

By: Valerie Bunce, Jessica Chen Weiss, and Karrie J. Koesel
The Washington Post
February 27, 2020

After the focus on dictatorships in the South Carolina democratic debate on Tuesday, Valerie Bunce, the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and government professor at Cornell, and Jessica Chen Weiss, associate professor of government, discuss differing types of dictatorship and authoritarian regimes in a piece for the Washington Post. 

“Understanding the differences in how authoritarian governments rule — and how and to what extent they are domestically beholden even if not subject to free and fair elections — is important for policymakers and pundits to consider as they use the term “dictatorship,” state Bunce and Weiss in the thinkpiece. 

Read the entire Washington Post article here.