Propaganda in Autocracies: Institutions, Information, and the Politics of Belief

Propaganda in Autocracies: Institutions, Information, and the Politics of Belief

Propaganda in Autocracies: Institutions, Information, and the Politics of Belief

Propaganda in Autocracies: Institutions, Information, and the Politics of Belief

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Overview

A dictator's power is secure, the authors begin in this muscular, impressive study, only as long as citizens believe in it. When citizens suddenly believe otherwise, a dictator's power is anything but, as the Soviet Union's collapse revealed. This conviction – that power rests ultimately on citizens' beliefs – compels the world's autocrats to invest in sophisticated propaganda. This study draws on the first global data set of autocratic propaganda, encompassing nearly eight million newspaper articles from fifty-nine countries in six languages. The authors document dramatic variation in propaganda across autocracies: in coverage of the regime and its opponents, in narratives about domestic and international life, in the threats of violence issued to citizens, and in the domestic events that shape it. The book explains why Russian President Vladimir uses Donald Trump as a propaganda tool and why Chinese state propaganda is more effusive than any point since the Cultural Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781009271233
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/14/2023
Series: Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 631,938
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Foundations: 1. Persuasion and domination; 2. A theory of autocratic propaganda; 3. A global dataset of autocratic propaganda; Part II. The Political Origins of Propaganda Strategies: 4. The politics of pro-regime propaganda; 5. Narrating the domestic; 6. Narrating the world; 7. Threatening citizens with repression; Part III. The Propaganda Calendar: 8. The propagandist's dilemma; 9. Memory and forgetting; Part IV. Propaganda, Protest, and the Future: 10. Propaganda and protest; 11. Conclusion; List of figures; List of tables.
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