“Good Types” in Authoritarian Elections

  title={“Good Types” in Authoritarian Elections},
  author={Melanie Manion},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={362 - 394}
  • Melanie Manion
  • Published 1 March 2017
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Political Studies
A new electoral design for subnational congress elections in China allows me to investigate the informational utility of authoritarian elections. Authoritarian regimes are notoriously bad at solving the moral hazard problem in the voter’s agency relationship with politicians. Borrowing from the literature on political selection, I theorize that authoritarian elections can nonetheless solve the adverse selection problem: Chinese voters can use their electoral power to select “good types,” with… 

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