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State Capacity, Economic Control, and Authoritarian Elections

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By Merete Bech Seeberg

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192 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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Description

Although the phenomenon of authoritarian elections has been a focal point for the literature on authoritarian institutions for more than a decade, our understanding of the effect of authoritarian elections is still limited.

Combining evidence from cross-national studies with studies on selected cases relying on recent field work, this book suggests a solution to the "paradox of authoritarian elections". Rather than focusing on authoritarian elections as a uniform phenomenon, it focuses on the differing conditions under which authoritarian elections occur. It demonstrates that the capacities available to authoritarian rulers shape the effect of elections and high levels of state capacity and control over the economy increase the probability that authoritarian multi-party elections will stabilize the regime. Where these capacities are limited, the regime is more likely to succumb in the face of elections. The findings imply that although multi-party competition and state strength may be important prerequisites for democracy, they can under some circumstances obstruct democratization by preventing the demise of dictatorships.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of democratization, and to those who study autocracy and electoral authoritarianism, as well as comparative politics more broadly.

Table of Contents

1. The Puzzle of Authoritarian Elections

2. Authoritarian Capacities and Regime Stabilization through Elections

3. State Capacity and the Effect of Elections in Authoritarian Regimes

4. Economic Control and the Effect of Elections in Authoritarian Regimes

5. State Capacity, Economic Control, and Two Divergent Elections in Malaysia and the Philippines

6. Electoral Ups and Downs, State Capacity and Economic Control in Zimbabwe

7. Conclusion: Authoritarian Elections, Capacities, and Regime Stability

About the Author

Merete Bech Seeberg is Assitant Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Elections, Democracy and Autocracy

Elections, Democracy and Autocracy is a book series designed for researchers, teachers, students of political science and practitioners that deals with the quality of elections, how and why electoral contests fall short of international standards, and the implications of flawed elections for democracy and autocracy.

Research monographs and edited books in the series emphasize comparative analysis, regional or global in scope, covering a wide variety of political regimes including electoral autocracies, hybrid regimes, and established democracies, using a variety of methodological and disciplinary approaches. The series is published in association with the Electoral Integrity Project.

Sub-themes include:

  1. Dimensions of electoral integrity. We welcome comparative research on specific aspects of election integrity, covering topics such as electoral laws and electoral administration, voter registration, political finance, campaign communications and media, gender equality and minority representation, electoral conflict and violence.
  2. Why do elections fail and how to get elections right? This includes comparative scholarship on causes of election integrity and malpractice, with a concrete focus on how to strengthen election integrity, addressing topics such as conditions and types of institutional reform, electoral reform in post-conflict and authoritarian settings, the role of domestic actors in promoting election integrity, and the role of the international community in technical assistance and democracy promotion.
  3. How do flawed elections affect democracy and autocracy? Cross-national studies on the consequences of election quality for democracy and autocracy are welcome, speaking to themes such as the impact of electoral malpractice on legitimacy, political trust and participation, the effect of flawed elections on protest, violence and regime stability, as well as research on how flawed elections help to sustain authoritarian regimes, and the role of election quality in explaining democratic reversal.

The series welcomes original empirical research on these themes. Submissions should contain a book prospectus, a short bio of contributor(s) and one or two sample chapters. To ensure the highest standard of academic quality, all submissions are subject to independent peer-review and editorial approval.

For more information, visit www.electoralintegrityproject.com The series is edited by Professor Pippa Norris, at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and Dr Carolien van Ham at the University of New South Wales.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General