Beyond kompromat: Coercion, corruption, and deterred defection in Uzbekistan

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Abstract

Kompromat, or compromising material used against political elites, is widely considered to be essential in shoring up authoritarian durability. While it is useful in preempting or penalizing individual challengers, however, kompromat is a highly targeted and selective tool that does little to deter widespread elite defection in authoritarian regimes in the middle of a crisis. Instead, where autocrats have previously contracted on violence-coopted security for their use in repression-ruler concessions concentrate rent seeking under the national executive, creating winner-take-all stakes that makes defection prohibitively risky. Through the example of Uzbekistan's regime durability during the 2005 Andijan uprising, this article examines the effect of this political economy of coercion on deterring elite defection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-121
Number of pages19
JournalComparative Politics
Volume50
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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