Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics

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JHU Press, Jan 29, 2016 - Political Science - 274 pages

Pluralism by Default explores sources of political contestation in the former Soviet Union and beyond. Lucan Way proposes that pluralism in "new democracies" is often grounded less in democratic leadership or emerging civil society and more in the failure of authoritarianism. Dynamic competition frequently emerges because autocrats lack the state capacity to steal elections, impose censorship, or repress opposition. In fact, the same institutional failures that facilitate political competition may also thwart the development of stable democracy.

 

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Although the tone of this book is a bit academic, its still a worthwhile read even for a layman. The author argues that weak state institutions may often be a more important precondition for ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Perestroika and the Origins of PostSoviet Pluralism by Default
32
3 Pluralism by Default in Ukraine
43
4 Pluralism by Default in Moldova
92
5 Authoritarian Consolidation in Belarus
115
6 Consolidated and Unconsolidated Authoritarianism in the Former Soviet Union
143
7 Conclusion
166
Coding Rules for Main Variables
181
National Identity Organizational Capacity and Regime Outcomes among PostSoviet Incumbents
190
Notes
195
Bibliography
231
Index
251
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Lucan Way is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. He is the coauthor of Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War.

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