Articles by Scott Williamson

May 9, 2023

♟️ Autocratic blame games

Scott Williamson
When citizens develop grievances, autocrats try to deflect blame to retain popular support. Scott Williamson argues that regime type influences strategies and success rates of autocrats shifting blame when confronted by popular discontent. The more personalist an autocracy, the more damaging blame attribution can be for autocratic survival in office
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Scott Williamson
Assistant Professor of Social and Political Sciences, Bocconi University

Scott received his PhD in Political Science from Stanford University (2020) and was a postdoctoral associate at New York University Abu Dhabi.

He studies authoritarian regimes, popular support for democracy and human rights, and attitudes toward migration.

His work focuses primarily on countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

He tweets @scottrw630

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