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Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition
  • Andreas Schedler
Today the most common form of political regime in the developing world is electoral authoritarianism. Electoral authoritarian regimes hold regular multiparty elections for parliament and the chief executive. Yet they violate liberal-democratic minimum standards of freedom, fairness, and integrity in so systematic and profound ways as to render elections instruments of authoritarian rule, rather then instruments of democracy. This volume presents cutting-edge empirical research into the internal dynamics of electoral authoritarian regimes. The methodological chapters (1–3) discuss issues of conceptualization and measurement in fresh and innovate ways. The empirical chapters (4–12) focus on the conflictive interaction between rulers and opposition parties in the central arena of struggle under electoral authoritarianism: the electoral battlefield. Each contribution addresses one particular analytical puzzle on the basis of careful cross-national comparison, with a focus either on a specific region or a cross-regional subset of cases. The concluding chapter (13) offers a critical review of the debate and outlines the contours of a future agenda of research.
  • political regimes,
  • political elections,
  • authoritarian regimes,
  • democratization
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Andreas Schedler
Lynne Rienner Publishers
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Andreas Schedler. Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition. Boulder and London(2006)
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