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Development outcomes in hybrid regimes
In his thesis, Rob aims to determine whether the various forms of hybrid regime – governments that combine elements of democracy and authoritarianism – have differing pro-poor development outcomes. If there are significant performance differences between hybrid regime subtypes, he will explore why this is the case. The thesis will include both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The quantitative component will require the development of an empirically relevant system of hybrid regime subtype classification, because existing typologies do not adequately reflect the nature of hybridity in a given state. The qualitative element will involve in-depth analysis of the governance dynamics in several case study states.
Overall, Rob hopes to provide a nuanced perspective on the long-standing debate over which aspects of a political regime exert the most influence over its social performance.