Elections in Nondemocratic Regimes

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Many regimes that we would plainly characterize as dictatorships, or at the very least as non-democracies, nevertheless hold elections of varying competitiveness (consider elections in Zimbabwe, or North Korea). What purpose do elections serve in nondemocratic regimes? Do all nondemocratic elections have the same function?

Instructions

  1. Consider classifying the kinds of elections found in non-democracies. Are elections in North Korea the same as elections in Zimbabwe or Egypt? How might we classify them? (Give examples).
  2. Do different sorts of elections in non-democracies serve different purposes?
  3. Why do non-democratic rulers hold elections? The answer to this question may depend on the kind of election.

Resources

  1. The articles tagged institutions in dictatorship and mechanisms of control in our course bibliography are a good starting point for thinking about these questions, but these lists are not by any means exhaustive.


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