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"The Election Game:” Authoritarian Consolidation Processes in Belarus
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5098-7227
2017 (English)In: Democratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Vol. 25, no 4, 381-405 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

 Elections without content are characteristic of electoral authoritarianism. This article illustrates how the “election game” featuring “elections for the sake of elections” can contribute to the consolidation of an authoritarian regime. It analyzes how Belarusian authorities’ “menu of manipulation” shaped both the discourse and “practice” of “politics” in favor of the current system. Using selective repression – targeting mainly those openly wanting to change the status quo, while allowing some controlled openness for individuals, as long as they refrain from “doing politics” – discouraged political activism and contributed to a negative perception of the “opposition” as a noisy sub-group of the population. Such developments reinforced a perception of organized politics in general, and elections in particular, as abstract, unattractive and irrelevant to most.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Washington DC, USA: Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, The George Washington University , 2017. Vol. 25, no 4, 381-405 p.
Keyword [en]
opposition, elections, authoritarianism, Belarus, post-Soviet political development
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-332964OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-332964DiVA: diva2:1154610
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Special issue: Elections 2016 Political Dynamics in Post-Soviet Space
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-05974; 2014-05970
Available from: 2017-11-03 Created: 2017-11-03 Last updated: 2017-11-03

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