Local Elections in Authoritarian Regimes

@article{Reuter2016LocalEI,
  title={Local Elections in Authoritarian Regimes},
  author={O. J. Reuter and N. Buckley and Alexandra Shubenkova and Guzel Garifullina},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  year={2016},
  volume={49},
  pages={662 - 697}
}
Why do authoritarian regimes permit elections in some settings but not in others? Focusing on the decision to hold subnational elections, we argue that autocrats can use local elections to assuage powerful subnational elites. When subnational elites control significant political resources, such as local political machines, leaders may need to co-opt them to govern cost-effectively. Elections are an effective tool of co-optation because they provide elites with autonomy and the opportunity to… Expand
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