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When authoritarian regimes fall or 'transition' into something less authoritarian it is typically due to either external forces (invasion or threat of invasion) or economic stress. There are of course many examples of regimes falling due to an actual invasion, but there is one example of an absolute monarchy (Kuwait) which became a constitutional monarchy ...


What's the line between "overthrown" and "resigned"? If you think his designated successors were chomping at the bit and pressuring him to quit, Diocletian may be a good example.


Nazi Germany's Euthanasia murders would probably not have been possible without a reasonable amount of collaboration from the medical sector. Not sure if that is relevant to your question, however. I think your lumping together of authoritarianism and corruption is not particularly useful. The two sometimes come hand in hand and sometimes not. E.g. I would ...

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