Electoral Authoritarianism

Electoral Authoritarianism : The Dynamics of Unfree Competition

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Today, electoral authoritarianism represents the most common form of political regime in the developing world - and the one we know least about. Filling in the lacuna, this new book presents cutting-edge research on the internal dynamics of electoral authoritarian regimes. Each concise, jargon-free chapter addresses a specific empirical puzzle on the basis of careful cross-national comparison. The result is a systematic, clearly structured study of the interaction between rulers and opposition parties in the central arena of struggle under electoral authoritarianism, the electoral battlefield.
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  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 20mm | 480.82g
  • Boulder, CO, United States
  • English
  • illustrated Edition
  • 1588264157
  • 9781588264152

Table of contents

Contents: The Logic of Electoral Authoritarianism - A. Schedler. Methodological Challenges. Drawing Boundaries: How to Craft Intermediate Regime Categories - G.L. Munck. Observer Paradoxes: How to Assess Electoral Manipulation - J. Hartlyn and J. McCoy. Regime and Opposition Dynamics. Elite Ruptures: When Do Ruling Parties Split? - J. Langston. Tipping Games: When Do Opposition Parties Coalesce? - N. van de Walle. The Electoral Battlefield. Manipulative Skills: How Do Rulers Control the Electoral Arena? - W. Case. After Defeat: When Do Rulers Steal Elections? - M.R. Thompson and P. Kuntz. Armed Arbiters: When Does the Military Step into the Electoral Arena? - J.F. Clark. Tragic Protest: Why Do Opposition Parties Boycott Elections? - S.I. Lindberg. Shifting Power Relations. Authoritarian Failure: How Does State Weakness Strengthen Electoral Competition? - L.A. Way. Creative Constitutions: How Do Parliamentary Powers Shape the Electoral Arena? - M.S. Fish. Linkage and Leverage: How Do International Factors Change Domestic Balances of Power? - S. Levitsky and L.A. Way. Conclusion. Beyond Electoral Authoritarianism: The Spectrum of Nondemocratic Regimes - R. Snyder.
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Review quote

This important book helps to advance a paradigm shift in comparative politics that restores the study of varieties of autocracy to their rightful place - that is, alongside, but separate from, the study of emerging and consolidated democracies. Strongly recommended for all scholars of comparative politics. - Michael Bratton, Michigan State University
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About Andreas Schedler

Andreas Schedler is professor of political science at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas.
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