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By Lee Morgenbesser

Explores why authoritarian regimes hassle to carry elections.

Behind the Façade examines the query of why authoritarian regimes in Southeast Asia trouble keeping elections. utilizing complete case reviews of Cambodia, Myanmar, and Singapore, Lee Morgenbesser argues that elections enable authoritarian regimes to gather info, pursue legitimacy, deal with political elites, and maintain neopatrimonial domination. He demonstrates how those capabilities are hired to regulate the complicated strategic interplay that happens among dictators, political elites, and voters. faraway from being mere window dressing or perhaps a precursor to democracy, fallacious elections, Morgenbesser concludes, are paramount to the upkeep of authoritarian rule.

Lee Morgenbesser is examine Fellow on the Centre for Governance and Public coverage and Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith collage in Australia.

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