Gerrymandering in Electoral Autocracies: Evidence from Hong Kong

  title={Gerrymandering in Electoral Autocracies: Evidence from Hong Kong},
  author={Stan Hok‐Wui Wong},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={579 - 610}
  • S. Wong
  • Published 23 March 2017
  • Political Science
  • British Journal of Political Science
To authoritarian rulers, holding somewhat competitive elections enhances legitimacy, but entails political risks. Committing electoral fraud can secure victory, but may jeopardize regime legitimacy. However, there is a tool of electoral manipulation that allows authoritarian rulers to reduce electoral risk while preserving legitimacy: gerrymandering. This article undertakes a systematic study of gerrymandering in Hong Kong, using a dataset that documents boundary changes at the level of… 
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