Neopatrimonialism, democracy, and party research: The German and international debate

In remembrance of Gero Erdmann (1952–2014)


Voter Turnout Party System Comparative Politics Autocratic Regime Hybrid Regime 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für SozialwissenschaftenUniversität HildesheimHildesheimDeutschland
  2. 2.GIGA Institut für Afrika-StudienHamburgDeutschland
  3. 3.HamburgDeutschland

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