Measuring Dissent in Electoral Authoritarian Societies

  title={Measuring Dissent in Electoral Authoritarian Societies},
  author={Erik S. Herron},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={1557 - 1583}
  • Erik S. Herron
  • Published 3 June 2011
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Political Studies
Although authoritarian regimes assert control over electoral processes, election returns can yield valuable information about dissent. Using election data from two votes in Azerbaijan, this article assesses hypotheses about the sources of antiregime results. The analysis indicates that dissenting votes may be produced by a combination of elite interference at the national and local levels, and through the expression of citizen preferences under the conditions of a limited choice set. Although… 

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