Elections in Semi- Authoritarian States of Eurasia: Façade or Meaningful Competition?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
1219 International Affairs Building

Please join the Harriman Institute for a talk by our visiting scholar, Fredrik M. Sjoberg.

Mr. Sjoberg will examine district level dynamics of political competition in Central Asia and argue that it is not purely a façade, but actually a fierce battle between local elites. Incumbents lose and loyalties are being re-negotiated. Competition is indeed real and the explanation for its emergence is found in the weak coercive capacity of the state and the incentive structure for local elites.