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V-Dem Lunch Seminar with Lee Morgenbesser


Lee Morgenbesser (visiting scholar 24-28 September)
Title: Election Turnout in Authoritarian Regimes

Abstract: An extensive body of research has investigated the forms, functions and effects of elections under authoritarianism. The implicit approach has been to employ a standardized notion of citizen participation, which neither permits variation nor accounts for its effects on the political outcomes under investigation. This is symptomatic of the distinct lack of theory building on voter turnout in authoritarian regimes. Using a comprehensive dataset of 402 elections in 88 countries between 1960 and 2010, we build an argument around the role of vote buying and voter intimidation as explanatory variables. This theory is tested within the context of both regime choices (competitive versus hegemonic authoritarianism) and opposition strategies (boycott versus participate). The findings are pertinent to existing theories of authoritarian politics and the practice of liberal peacebuilding.

Bio: Lee Morgenbesser is a lecturer with the School of Government and International Relations at Griffith University and recipient of a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council (2018-2020). His most recent book is Behind the Façade: Elections under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (New York: SUNY Press, 2016) and he has currently writing a new book entitled The Rise of Sophisticated Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia (New York: Cambridge University Press, under contract). His research areas are authoritarianism, dictators, democratization, flawed elections and Southeast Asian politics.

Datum: 2018-09-26

Tid: 12:00 - 13:00

Kategorier: Samhällsvetenskap

Arrangör: Statsvetenskapliga institutionen/V-Dem

Plats: B336, Stora Skansen

Kontaktperson: Natalia Stepanova

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