Thursday, July 4, 2013

Causes of Post-Soviet Authoritarianism

Ever wondered how post-Soviet states ended up authoritarian?
Cameron and Orenstein (2012) put together this cool graph with different causes of post-Soviet authoritarianism linked by causal chains. Though I am not sure about the sequence and correlation coefficients, this is, nevertheless, a useful little scheme and a good summary of the existing research.


  1. A set of indicators from various sources, based on somewhat biased "assessments", and, most certainly, with different values for different countries. Why, for heaven's sake, did they come to an idea to analyse these correlations for the post-Soviet space as a whole?

  2. Probably to generalize. After all the logic of comparative politics is to replace proper names with variables, right?