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Political Science

State Mobilization Strategies and Political Competition in Hybrid Regimes

Date: November 12 2012 9:00am Location: Albany 207

Albany 207

Leah Gilbert (Lewis & Clark College)

My research analyzes the widely-published claim that few countries that began
holding multiparty elections after the end of the cold war are thoroughly
democratic or authoritarian. Rather, these “hybrid regimes” combine competitive
multiparty elections with aspects of authoritarian rule, such as incumbent abuse
of state resources, widespread media manipulation, or even electoral fraud.  My
research focuses on the mobilization strategies pursued by rulers in hybrid
regimes to win elections and stay in power from 1990 to 2009.  I examine if and
how rulers in hybrid regimes seek to make the playing field unequal for social
organizations and the consequences that this has for political competition over
time.  I find that certain strategies are significantly more likely than others to
contribute to long-term electoral dominance.  State mobilization strategies thus
illustrate a key way that rulers in hybrid regimes have updated and modernized
their repressive techniques.

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