The Partial Effectiveness of Indoctrination in Autocracies Evidence from the German Democratic Republic

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dc.contributor.authorde Juan, Alexander
dc.contributor.authorHaass, Felix
dc.contributor.authorPierskalla, Jan
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-23T16:14:24Z-
dc.date.available2021-12-23T16:14:24Z-
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn00438871
dc.identifier.urihttps://osnascholar.ub.uni-osnabrueck.de/handle/unios/11059-
dc.description.abstractDictators depend on a committed bureaucracy to implement their policy preferences. But how do they induce loyalty and effort within their civil service? The authors study indoctrination through forced military service as a cost-effective strategy for achieving this goal. Conscription allows the regime to expose recruits, including future civil servants, to intense ``political training'' in a controlled environment, which should improve system engagement. To test this hypothesis, the authors analyze archival data on over 370,000 cadres from the former German Democratic Republic. Exploiting the introduction of mandatory service in the gdr in 1962 for causal identification, they find a positive effect of conscription on bureaucrats' system engagement. Additional analyses indicate that this effect likely did not result from deep norm internalization. Findings are more compatible with the idea that political training familiarized recruits with elite preferences, allowing them to behave strategically in accordance with the rules of the game.
dc.description.sponsorshipGerman Foundation of Peace Research; European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programEuropean Research Council (ERC) [863486]; This article has been prepared in the framework of the research project ``Anatomy of State Repression'' funded by the German Foundation of Peace Research. Felix Haass acknowledges funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program (grant agreement no. 863486).
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherCAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
dc.relation.ispartofWORLD POLITICS
dc.subjectAGENT
dc.subjectautocracy
dc.subjectCOERCION
dc.subjectconscription
dc.subjectGovernment & Law
dc.subjectindoctrination
dc.subjectInternational Relations
dc.subjectMILITARY
dc.subjectMORAL HAZARD
dc.subjectPolitical Science
dc.subjectPOLITICAL-SOCIALIZATION
dc.subjectpreference falsification
dc.subjectRISE
dc.subjectSERVICE
dc.subjectSTATE
dc.subjectWORKER DISCIPLINE
dc.titleThe Partial Effectiveness of Indoctrination in Autocracies Evidence from the German Democratic Republic
dc.typejournal article
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0043887121000095
dc.identifier.isiISI:000695202700003
dc.description.volume73
dc.description.issue4
dc.description.startpage593
dc.description.endpage628
dc.identifier.eissn10863338
dc.publisher.place32 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK, NY 10013-2473 USA
dcterms.isPartOf.abbreviationWorld Polit.
crisitem.author.deptFB 01 - Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften-
crisitem.author.deptidfb01-
crisitem.author.parentorgUniversität Osnabrück-
crisitem.author.netidDeAl304-
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