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The Politics of Uncertainty: Sustaining and Subverting Electoral Authoritarianism

Andreas Schedler


Electoral authoritarian regimes practice authoritarianism behind the institutional facades of representative democracy. They hold multiparty elections, yet violate democratic minimum standards in systematic and profound ways. Today, they have turned into the most common form of dictatorship in the world. The Politics of Uncertainty studies their internal dynamic. Grounded in a general theory of authoritarianism, it develops a theory of regime struggles under electoral authoritarianism. Both revolve around the politics of uncertainty. All authoritarian governments, the theory posits, suffer fro ... More

Keywords: authoritarianism, institutions, elections, uncertainty, nested games, manipulation, opposition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199680320
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Schedler, author
Professor of Political Science, CIDE, Mexico City