Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0002-3065-1301

Date of Award

8-11-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

First Advisor

Jennifer McCoy

Second Advisor

Ryan E. Carlin

Third Advisor

Judd R. Thornton

Abstract

Over the past decade, several wealthy democracies have experienced democratic erosion. Despite their actions, several leaders have remained in power. I explain these occurrences by taking selectorate theory, a prominent rational choice model, and adding components from recent work on political polarization. I test the theory with a Cox proportional hazards competing risks model, which provides some support for the theory.

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