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Park Sanghoon currently works at the Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina. Hi, I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. I study Comparative Political Economy, International Political Economy, and political methodology. My research interests include some areas with an emphasis on the economic effects of regime-types, inequality, and redistribution across various geographies. More specifically, my research examines how contexts condition individuals' behavior, and how these and other factors shape systematic change. Thus, I am focusing on some features of politics in dictatorships(autocracies) that are usually considered as just "non-democracies."
This paper evaluates why authoritarian regimes design social policies to promote the welfare of citizens. Social welfare policies are coordinated outcomes that link the political and economic realms together. Despite a rich literature on this topic in industrialized democracies, little research has investigated the mechanisms in authoritarian regim...