Why Governments and Parties Manipulate Elections: Theory, by Alberto Simpser

By Alberto Simpser

Why do events and governments cheat in elections they can't lose? This publication records the frequent use of blatant and over the top manipulation of elections and explains what drives this custom. Alberto Simpser exhibits that, generally, elections are approximately greater than successful. Electoral manipulation is not just a device used to achieve votes, but in addition a method of transmitting or distorting info. This manipulation conveys a picture of energy, shaping the habit of electorate, bureaucrats, politicians, events, unions, and businesspeople to the advantage of the manipulators, expanding the scope for the manipulators to pursue their ambitions whereas in executive and mitigating destiny demanding situations to their carry on energy. Why Governments and events control Elections presents a common conception approximately what drives electoral manipulation and empirically files international styles of manipulation.

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54 More generally, among competitive authoritarian regimes, only about half of all elections are excessively or blatantly manipulated. Nevertheless, the majority of authoritarian regimes – whether competitive, hegemonic, or dominant-party – have at some point experienced excessive manipulation. These findings are based on the analysis of my original data presented in Chapter 5. In a sense, then, excessive or blatant electoral manipulation is a more widespread phenomenon than either competitive authoritarianism or party dominance: the set of countries that have exhibited one or more excessively manipulated election is appreciably larger than the set of competitive authoritarian regimes (Levitsky and Way 2010), or the set of dominant-party authoritarian regimes (Magaloni 2006; Greene 2007).

Introduction and Overview 21 were neither fully democratic nor fully authoritarian, but they appeared to be stable, and therefore to constitute regime types of their own. 50 Within this general category, scholars have identified “competitive” and “hegemonic” subcategories. Levitsky and Way (2002) coined the term “competitive authoritarianism,” and identified it as a subcategory of electoral authoritarian regimes, one that displays real electoral competition albeit in a substantially biased playing field.

Through vote buying or intimidation – and participation choices not directly induced by such tactics. , those with the potential to influence the manipulating party’s future chances of retaining office. The authorities disputed the authenticity of the tapes, claiming that they were a cut-and-paste job of the president’s voice. Forensic experts have concluded that it is not possible, on the basis of the available evidence, to prove or disprove the authorities’ claim (because only a digital rendering of the original analogue recording is available).

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