Elections, Legislatures, Parties Under Authoritarian Rule Revisited
ケンイ シュギ タイセイカ ノ センキョ ・ ギカイ ・ セイトウ : サイコウ
木之内, 秀彦 ,
Hidehiko, KINOUCHI ,
鈴鹿大学紀要Campana = Suzuka University journal
44 , 2016-03-10
Although parties, elections and legislatures have been thought of as defining features of democracy, most authoritarian governments also rely on these institutions. Why are they created and maintained under non-democratic regimes? This article tries to answer this fundamental question and examines how authoritarian parties, legislatures and elections affect regime survival. Often dismissed as window dressing, nominally democratic institutions, such as legislatures, political parties, and elections, play an important roles and are thought to enhance a regime's durability. Moreover, since the end of the Cold War, authoritarian incumbents have learned to more effectively manipulate these institutions in ways that enhance their power-prolonging effect. This paper discusses how and why these institutions help dictatorships maintain power.