Electoral Authoritarianism : The Dynamics of Unfree Competition
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.
- Hardback | 260 pages
- 154 x 230 x 20mm | 480.82g
- 30 May 2006
- Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
- Boulder, CO, United States
- illustrated Edition
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.
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
About Andreas Schedler
Andreas Schedler is professor of political science at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas.