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Voting for Autocracy Hegemonic Party Survival and its Demise in Mexico

ISBN-10: 0521862477

ISBN-13: 9780521862479

Edition: 2006

Authors: Beatriz Magaloni, Peter Lange, Robert H. Bates, Ellen Comisso, Joel Migdal

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This book provides a theory of the logic of survival of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), one of the most resilient autocratic regimes in the twentieth century. An autocratic regime hid behind the facade of elections that were held with clockwise precision. Although their outcome was totally predictable, elections were not hollow rituals. The PRI made millions of ordinary citizens vest their interests in the survival of the autocratic regime. Voters could not simply throw the 'rascals out of office' because their choices were constrained by a series of strategic dilemmas that compelled them to support the autocrats. The book also explores the factors that led to the demise of the PRI. The theory sheds light on the logic of 'electoral autocracies', among the most common type of autocracy and is the only systematic treatment in the literature today dealing with this form of autocracy.
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Book details

List price: $113.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/4/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 314
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Beatriz Magaloni is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Equilibrium Party Hegemony
Structural Determinants of Mass Support for the PRI
Budget Cycles Under PRI Hegemony
The Politics of Vote Buying
Judging Economic Performance in Hard Times
Ideological Divisions in the Opposition Camp
How Voters Choose and Mass Coordination Dilemmas
Electoral Fraud and the Game of Electoral Transitions
Conclusion
References
Index