Selecting the Electorate
Disenfranchisement and Selective Voter Registration in Electoral Autocracies
Keywords:electoral autocracy, inclusiveness, legitimation, political freedoms, disenfranchisement
Autocrats utilize (nominally) democratic elections, to claim procedural legitimation. To secure their political survival in these elections, they have an extensive menu of manipulation at their disposal. These manipulations are not only addressed at contestation but also inclusiveness of the elections. Although autocrats formally claim universal suffrage, informal restrictions and practices are implemented. Analyzing elections held between 1970 and 2020 in electoral autocracies, I find empiric evidence for strategic adjustments of suffrage rights as a response to electoral contexts.
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