In our tenth AOPSSS session, Harunobu Saijo (Duke) presented his paper examining why leaders employ purges to control their coercive capacities. [Paper, Slides] He argues that purges provide a highly targeted method to undermine social networks conducive to collective action. Erica De Bruin (Hamilton College), Franziska Keller (HKUST), Monika Nalepa (Chicago), and Milan Svolik (Yale) offered probing questions and helpful comments on a variety of theoretical and empirical matters. This paper will be of wide interest to those who study Russia, authoritarian regimes, and state violence!
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