PLSC 2013 Nondemocratic Regimes Lecture

Castro regime totalitarianism and nondemocratic rule

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Unformatted text preview: by whims of those in power Regime in pejorative sense—that all decisions flow from leader without institutional boundaries. “Castro regime” Totalitarianism and Nondemocratic Rule Often used interchangeably, but different ! Totalitarianism seeks to: transform total fabric of society • Totalist ideology • Use of force to break people, shatter institutions • Terror, violence central ! Totalitarianism in Practice • Can be radical or reactionary in political attitude • Rarely seen in politics • Soviet Union under Stalin, 1930- 1950s • Hitler, Nazi Germany, 1930s- 1945 • China, Cultural Revolution 1960s • Currently? North Kor...
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