AIAS Workshop: Autocratic Diversity: New Distinctions and Neglected Issues

2017.09.08 | AIAS

Date Thu 28 Sep Fri 29 Sep
Time 08:50    14:00
Location AIAS conference room 203, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C

Workshop theme

A third of all countries are currently subjected to autocratic rule – and this is even the lowest share in world history. Hence, studying the trajectories, manifestations, and perspectives of autocratic rule has enduring relevance. After a period of stagnation, research on autocracies has in recent years become revitalized. Much of this research has a comparative orientation, and a range of global datasets that have become available and new ones are in the making, which enable the systematic assessment of theoretical expectations. Within this expanding literature, the variation and clustering of institutional characteristics of the regime and the state and their consequences for stability, peace, and development are some of the main themes in the debate. Against this backdrop, the workshop brings together young scholars investigating how we can better understand the diversity among autocratic political regimes and its consequences for various important outcomes, such as regime stability, violent conflict, and redistribution. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for the participants to share their thoughts on these issues and to receive detailed comments from peers on work in progress.


Very short presentations (5 minutes, no slides, just a few words about the background), discussant (7-10 minutes), plenum (30-33 minutes).


Thursday, September 28 (Conference Room)

8:50-9:00 Welcome

9:00-10:00 Suthan (Aarhus University) & Jakob Tolstrup (Aarhus University) Economic Crisis, Food Prices, and Anti-regime Protests

Discussant: Tore Wig

10:00-10:45 Sebastian Ziaja (University of Heidelberg) An Empirical Typology of Political Regimes

Discussant: Andrej Kokkonen

10:45-11:00 Coffee break

11:00-11:45 Dag Tanneberg (University of Potsdam) Dealing with Horizontal Threats: Does Political Repression Prevent Coups d’état in Authoritarian Regimes?

Discussant: Suthan Krishnarajan

11:45-12:30 Matilde Thorsen (Aarhus University) Fighting Poverty in Autocracies: When Dictators Are Ideologically Motivated

Discussant: Anna Lührmann

12:30-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:00 Tore Wig (University of Oslo) Regime Support Coalitions and Inter-state Conflict

Discussant: Alexander Grundholm (AU)

14:00-14:45 Anna Lührmann (University of Gothenburg/V-Dem Institute) Varieties of Autocracy (V-Aut)

Discussant: Jakob Tolstrup (AU) tbc

14:45-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-15:45 Alexander Schmotz (WZB) Elections vs Constitutionalism: Institutional Tension and Hybrid Regime Survival

Discussant: Svend-Erik Skaaning

15:45-16:30 Bertel Teilfeldt Hansen (University of Copenhagen) Arms Trade, International Alignments, and International Conflict

Discussant: Jørgen Møller (AU)

18:30 Workshop dinner


Friday, September 29 (Conference Room)

9:30-10:15 Fenja Søndergaard Møller (Aarhus University) Freedom of Speech and Violent Intrastate Conflict

Discussant: Sebastian Ziaja

10:15-11:00 Saara Inkinen (Humboldt University/WZB) One for Me, One for You? Party System Properties and the Distribution of Concessions

Discussant: Lasse Lykke Rørbæk (AU)

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

11:15-12.00 Vilde Djuve (Aarhus University) Conceptualizing Political Instability in Autocratic Polities

Discussant: Alexander Schmotz

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:45 Andrej Kokkonen (Aarhus University) Succession and Civil War in Monarchies 

Discussant: Bertel Teilfeldt Hansen


The workshop is open for attendance for a limited number of academic participants who are interested in the topic (without giving a talk). To attend please contact Svend-erik Skaaning at

Hosts/sponsors and organizer

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS)

Conflict and Democratization (CODE) project

Professor, PhD, Svend-Erik Skaaning (, Jens Christian Skou Fellow at AIAS.