High Courts and Authoritarian Consolidation
A transition towards non-competitive authoritarian regime may involve significant costs for rulers and judicial actors, including losing powers that judges enjoyed under a previous competitive configuration (i.e. a hybrid regime). Yet, a reliable, supportive judiciary in a dictatorial context can help the government solve internal conflicts, extract valuable information for policy making and operate with other organisms as part of a functional repressive apparatus.
Moreover, counterintuitively, at a time of rising authoritarianism worldwide, a judicial system willing to collaborate with the government could help a flagging regime to bolster its claim it is stable, functional and with enough political influence to deliver credible commitments made with international allies, financial institutions, business partners and other stakeholders.