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Leonardo Morlino

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572533.001.0001

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Are There Hybrid Regimes?

Are There Hybrid Regimes?

(p.48) 3 Are There Hybrid Regimes?
Changes for Democracy

Leonardo Morlino

Oxford University Press

In recent years there has been growing interest and a related literature on hybrid regimes. Is there a good definition of such an institutional arrangement? Are there actually sets of stabilized, political institutions that can be labelled in this way? Is it possible that within the widespread process of democracy diffusion these are only ‘transitional’ regimes and the most suitable distinction is still the old one, suggested by Linz and traditionally accepted, between democracy and authoritarianism? This chapter addresses and responds to these questions by pinpointing the pertinent analytic dimensions and defining what a ‘hybrid regime’ is. It also disentangles the cases of proper hybrid regimes from the cases of transitional phases and proposes a typology of hybrid regimes. Some of the main findings and conclusions refer to the lack of institutions capable of performing their functions as well as the key elements for achieving possible changes towards democracy.

Keywords:   regime, authoritarianism, hybrid regime, classification of regimes

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