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Comparative Speaker Series- Tom Pepinsky (Cornell University)

"Elections as Causes of Democratization: Southeast Asia in Comparative Perspective"

Mon, December 4, 2017 | BAT 5.108

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Abstract: The theory of democratization by elections holds that elections—even when flawed—can over time have an independent causal effect on democratic transitions. Despite the recent growth of this literature, questions remain about the global scope of the argument and its structural preconditions. We show that in Southeast Asia, elections are almost always the culmination rather than the cause of democratization, and use case materials from seven Southeast Asian countries to illustrate the mechanisms that lead from democratization to elections. Our argument has implications both for Southeast Asian democratization and for existing scholarship from other world regions.

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