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Regimes and Repertoires$
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Charles Tilly

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226803500

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226803531.001.0001

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How Regimes Work

How Regimes Work

(p.18) Chapter Two How Regimes Work
Regimes and Repertoires

Charles Tilly

University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins the adventure of classifying regimes and their changes by laying out first some tools for the description and analysis of contentious politics—government, governmental agents, political actors, regime, political resources, capital, commitment, contention, public politics, and contentious politics. This is then followed by a review of intersections of regimes with various forms of contentious politics. The chapter discusses regime space as a two-dimensional space: capacity democracy. The four crude types of regime are also addressed: low-capacity, nondemocratic; high-capacity, nondemocratic; high-capacity, democratic; and low-capacity, democratic. By following the leads drawn from Aristotle, Dahl, and Finer and concentrating on two sorts of regime variation: from nondemocratic to democratic regimes, and from low-capacity to high-capacity governments, the chapter then simplifies the work of analyzing regimes and contention.

Keywords:   contentious politics, democratic regimes, political actors, political resources, capacity democracy, Aristotle, Dahl, Finer, governments

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