Articles by Austin Scott Matthews

September 2, 2022

♟️ Political purges and their importance for dictators

Austin Scott Matthews
Political purges are dramatic, yet common, events in dictatorships, sometimes bloody and highly consequential. By dissecting the sequence of decisions behind these events, Austin S. Matthews shows that the way a dictator goes about a purge can determine outcomes like regime survival and risk of a coup
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Austin Scott Matthews
Assistant Professor of Political Science, East Carolina University

Austin's research focuses on the intersections between political elites, institutionalisation, and repression in dictatorships.

His work has featured in the British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Peace Research, German Politics, and other peer-reviewed academic journals.

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