State capacity and the paradox of authoritarian elections

  title={State capacity and the paradox of authoritarian elections},
  author={Merete Bech Seeberg},
  pages={1265 - 1285}
A “paradox of authoritarian elections” prevails: While some researchers emphasize the stabilizing effect of authoritarian multi-party elections, others point to their potential for regime subversion. I argue that the effect of elections will likely depend on the capacities of the authoritarian regime in which they take place. In particular, state capacity may influence the relationship between authoritarian elections and regime stability. Autocrats presiding over a highly capable state may… 

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