Candidate Strategies and Electoral Competition in the by Regina Smyth

By Regina Smyth

Within the early Nineteen Nineties, aggressive elections within the Russian Federation signaled the top to the authoritarian political approach ruled by means of a unmarried political celebration. greater than ten years and plenty of elections later, a unmarried occasion led by means of Russian President Vladimir Putin threatens to finish Russia's democratic scan. Russia's event with new elections isn't designated however it does problem present theories of democratic consolidation through displaying that aggressive elections can't warrantly profitable democratic consolidation. This ebook explores the stipulations lower than which electoral festival contributes to democratic improvement through interpreting impression of elections on democratic consolidation.

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I argue that this seemingly simple model of responsiveness rests on a number of profound assumptions about electoral infrastructure: 35 P1: ikb 0521846900c02 CUNY245B/Smyth 0 521 84690 0 October 9, 2005 19:17 Candidate Strategies and Electoral Competition the information available to candidates and voters, and the behaviors engendered by this information. However, electoral infrastructure does not always exist at the point of founding elections, and it is not likely to emerge unless it is in the candidates’ best interests to build it.

Information is a two-edged sword in democratic elections. On one hand, uncertainty about likely winners and losers over time is a critical element of democracy. The specter of future loss provides healthy incentives for competitors to play by the rules lest they be treated unfairly in the future (Dahl 1971; Przeworski 1986). On the other hand, the lack of shared information about contestants’ chances undermines elections as mechanisms to generate and sustain democracy. The lack of consensus is likely to persist if the disagreement is rooted in politicians and voters holding fundamentally different assessments of the state of the world.

However, in new systems, it is important to look at each component to assess the health of the new regime. Information. The concept of information as an element of electoral infrastructure focuses on the persistence of uncertainty in new democratic regimes. This section asks a simple question: What auxiliary assumptions about information and behavior support the electoral model of democratic governance? I argue that this seemingly simple model of responsiveness rests on a number of profound assumptions about electoral infrastructure: 35 P1: ikb 0521846900c02 CUNY245B/Smyth 0 521 84690 0 October 9, 2005 19:17 Candidate Strategies and Electoral Competition the information available to candidates and voters, and the behaviors engendered by this information.

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