This panel investigates the mobilization facet of authoritarianism. It focuses on what mobilization reveals about the dynamics of domination and consent by shedding light on the projects, narratives and institutions involved as well as the way people react within these contexts.
Research on authoritarian regimes has been renewed since the beginning of the decade, as authors started to highlight the mitigated impact of the third wave of democratization and the multiplication of regimes mixing authoritarian and democratic features (Levistky and Way 2002, Diamond 2002). Scholars have especially investigated the role nominally democratic institutions such as elections and legislatures play in authoritarian resilience (Gandhi 2009, Brownlee 2007). This emphasis however did not lead to stimulate research around processes of political mobilization, still generally perceived as either limited to specific moments of the regime's development (Linz 2000) or only related to the production of electoral turnout. This issue has consequently been sparsely investigated, despite some studies demonstrating that autocrats do invest in policies aimed at popular mobilization beyond election time (Wedeen 1999, Hibou 2006), often with disciplinary effects. This panel therefore aims to bring the focus back on the mobilization facet of authoritarian politics and political culture and investigates what it reveals about the dynamics of domination and consent. The panel welcomes contributions based on empirical data that explore this issue and look at the way people - the rulers, segments of the population who are mobilized (the youth, women, ethnic or religious minorities etc.), and the people who implement those policies - (re)act within these contexts. It discusses, amongst other themes, the projects, narratives and institutions involved, their articulation with the dominant party or the administration, the perceptions and practices of the implementors as well as the continuities and changes with the previous regimes.