1. Introduction: Democracy, Non-Democracy, and the Varieties of Political Competition.- 2. The Changing Face of Non-Democratic Rule.- 3. The Struggle over Social Control: Totalitarian and Authoritarian Rule.- 4. Personal Rule.- 5. Parties.- 6. Armies.- 7. Dynastic Families.- 8. Problems of Non-Democratic Consolidation and Control.- 9. Benevolent Authoritarianism.- 10. The Roots of Regime Change and Democratization.- 11. How do Regimes Changes? Contentious Politics and its Diffusion.- 12. Conclusion: The Uncertainty of Democratization
'Consistently evidence-based and notably up-to-date on relevant scholarship, this book provides an excellently comprehensive coverage of the major facets of non-democratic regimes in the world today. It is a very impressive accomplishment.' - William Reisinger, University of Iowa, USA 'Marquez has done us all an enormous service in this empirically rich and beautifully written book that explores the changing face of authoritarian rule. This important contribution is a must-read for anyone interested in comparative politics and the study of modern authoritarianism.' - Karrie J. Koesel, University of Notre Dame, USA 'Theoretically rigorous and empirically engaging, the book offers a comprehensive guide to the present state of non-democratic politics around the world. It does a great service to the field of comparative authoritarianism and should be read by scholars and students alike.' - Lee Morgenbesser, Griffith University, Australia
Xavier Marquez is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.