Abstract

Abstract:

Democratization almost never means a clean slate. Most new democracies are littered with vestiges of the old regime. This article examines three such authoritarian vestiges: authoritarian successor parties, authoritarian-era constitutions, and subnational authoritarian enclaves. All three are extremely common. They are not, however, equally harmful. While there is no silver lining to subnational authoritarianism, the effects of the other two are less clear-cut. Authoritarian successor parties, in particular, can have surprising benefits by helping to create a viable opposition and incorporating democratic "spoilers."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 145-158
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-13
Open Access
No
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