By Lee Morgenbesser
Behind the Façade examines the query of why authoritarian regimes in Southeast Asia hassle maintaining elections. utilizing finished case reviews of Cambodia, Myanmar, and Singapore, Lee Morgenbesser argues that elections permit authoritarian regimes to gather details, pursue legitimacy, deal with political elites, and maintain neopatrimonial domination. He demonstrates how those services are hired to regulate the advanced strategic interplay that happens among dictators, political elites, and electorate. faraway from being mere window dressing or perhaps a precursor to democracy, improper elections, Morgenbesser concludes, are paramount to the upkeep of authoritarian rule.
Lee Morgenbesser is learn Fellow on the Centre for Governance and Public coverage and Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith college in Australia.
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