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Behind the Façade: Elections Under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia

Lee Morgenbesser
Format
Book
Published
Albany : State University of New York Press, [2016]
Language
English
ISBN
9781438462875, 1438462875, 9781438462899
Summary
Behind the Façade" examines the question of why authoritarian regimes in Southeast Asia bother holding elections. Using comprehensive case studies of Cambodia, Myanmar, and Singapore, Lee Morgenbesser argues that elections allow authoritarian regimes to collect information, pursue legitimacy, manage political elites, and sustain neopatrimonial domination. He demonstrates how these functions are employed to manage the complex strategic interaction that occurs between dictators, political elites, and citizens. Far from being mere window dressing or even a precursor to democracy, flawed elections, Morgenbesser concludes, are paramount to the maintenance of authoritarian rule.
Description
xviii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-268) and index.
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