Behind the Facade by Lee Morgenbesser

Behind the Facade examines the question of why authoritarian regimes in Southeast Asia bother holding elections. Using comprehensive case studies of Cambodia, Myanmar, and Singapore, Lee Morgenbesser argues that elections allow authoritarian regimes to collect information, pursue legitimacy, manage political elites, and sustain neopatrimonial domination.

He demonstrates how these functions are employed to manage the complex strategic interaction that occurs between dictators, political elites, and citizens. Far from being mere window dressing or even a precursor to democracy, flawed elections, Morgenbesser concludes, are paramount to the maintenance of authoritarian rule.

 

Book Details
Title: Behind the Facade: Elections Under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia
Author: Lee Morgenbesser
ISBN-10: 1438462875
ISBN-13: 978-1438462875
Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
Length: 274 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.2 x 9.2 x 1 inches
Weight: 1.1 pounds
File Size (Kindle): 9434 KB

 

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