Determinants of Re-Autocratization

An Empirical Analysis from 1996 to 2013


  • Kristin Eichhorn Technical University of Chemnitz



breakdown of democracy, re-autocratization, regime change, transformation, transitions, logistic regression analysis


During the 1990s, research in the political sciences within the framework of the transition paradigm focused mainly on democratization and consolidation. However, in recent years a growing debate concerning the decline of democratic quality and breakdown of democracies has emerged. In this paper, the collapse of electoral democracies (referred to as re-autocratizations) will be operationalized using a minimalistic conception of democracy and analyzed globally in the timeframe from 1996 to 2013 using logistic regression. Significant effects for economic growth rates and governance performance are found.

Author Biography

Kristin Eichhorn, Technical University of Chemnitz

Kristin Eichhorn, 28, from Chemnitz (Germany), received her Master’s degree in East European Studies at Free University in Berlin in July 2015. She wrote her Master’s thesis on re-autocratizations. Currently she works as a research assistant at the Institute for Political Sciences at the Technical University of Chemnitz. Her interests include political systems, transformations, electoral systems, and political parties.




How to Cite

Eichhorn, K. (2016). Determinants of Re-Autocratization: An Empirical Analysis from 1996 to 2013. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 31, 53–77.



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