Power to the People? Explaining authoritarian referendums in post-Soviet Eurasia

Fri8  Apr04:20pm(20 mins)
Where:
Umney Theatre
Presenter:
Dr Ben Noble

Authors

Jody Laporte, Ben Noble, Nicholas James

Discussion

When and why do authoritarian regimes hold referendums? Drawing on an original dataset of referendums held in the 15 post-Soviet successor states since 1992, we unpack and theorise the differences among authoritarian referendums, and assess the conditions under which rulers put issues to a public vote. The paper extends the growing literature on formal political institutions in non-democracies, which has so far focussed on parties, parliaments, and elections.

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