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Juan J. Linz is the Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University, best known for his theories on Totalitarian and Authoritarian systems of government. Linz has also done extensive research on the breakdowns of democracy and the transition back to a democratic regime. from He is the author of many works on the subject, including his seminal work Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes (Rienner, 2000), and his influential essay, "The Perils of Presidentialism". Political science is a social science discipline that deals with the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior. ... Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut. ... The concept of Totalitarianism is a typology or ideal-type used by some political scientists to encapsulate the characteristics of a number of twentieth century regimes that mobilized entire populations in support of the state or an ideology. ... The term authoritarian is used to describe an organization or a state which enforces strong and sometimes oppressive measures against the population, generally without attempts at gaining the consent of the population. ...

From the book's description: "In this classic work, noted political scientist Juan Linz provides an unparalleled study of the nature of nondemocratic regimes. Linz's seminal analysis develops the fundamental distinction between totalitarian and authoritarian systems. It also presents a path-breaking discussion on the personalistic, lawless, nonideological type of authoritarian rule taht he calls (following Weber) the 'sultanistic regime'." Weber is a surname of German origin, derived from the noun meaning weaver. The German pronunciation is best represented in English orthography as VAYBr, while in English it is more likely to be pronounced WEBBr or WAYBr. In some cases, following migration to English-speaking countries, it...


  • Linz, Juan J. Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes, Rienner, 2000: 343.
  • "Yale > Political Science > Juan Linz", retrieved November 29, 2005.

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