Does Election Matter in a Hybrid Regime?
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It is well recognized in the extant discussion that election poses a dilemma to the leaders of the hybrid regimes: they want to show a veneer of democracy through a contested election but want to ensure their victory. As these elections only deliver success to the regime, the question remains of whether participation in these elections is worth for opposition. This chapter discusses the pros and cons of participation in the election in a hybrid regime, draws on various countries’ experiences, and describes the situation in Bangladesh leading to the 2018 election.
KeywordsElection Resilience Legitimation Manipulation
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