Josef Woldense

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African American & African Studies
College of Liberal Arts
Twin Cities

Award Year
2024
University Award
McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
Research Title
Taking a Glimpse Behind the Curtain: Probing the Inner Workings of Authoritarian Regimes

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Rather than fade away from the world’s political landscape, authoritarian regimes have made a comeback in recent times. The problem is, we know little about their inner workings. Using network analytic tools, Josef Woldense’s research examines the contentious relationship between autocrats and their ruling elite, which is marked by the combustible mix of mutual dependence, treachery and political survival. In so doing, his research provides insights into the underlying dynamics that shape authoritarian politics.