This chapter is part of a larger work seeking to understand the bases of stability of authoritarian political systems. One factor which has been thought to be instrumental in this is elections.
This paper opens by looking at the way elections have been structured in post‐Soviet Russia.
Rejecting the argument that this is simply a reflection of the Soviet experience, the paper analyses the notion of electoral/competitive authoritarianism. It then looks briefly at two cases of this, one in which democratic change did occur (Mexico) and one in which it has not (Singapore).
This paper was presented at the Contemporary Challenges of Politics Research Workshop held on 31 October 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Coogee Beach, Coogee, NSW, Australia.