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Guiding Voice to Exit: Elections of Sitz-Chairman in Moldova, Inc.

Elections helped the Moldovan regime consolidate its power and channel away dissatisfaction, writes Ryhor Nizhnikau.

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“The Election Game:” Authoritarian Consolidation Processes in Belarus

Why are ordinary Belarusians disinterested in politics? Selective repression is a key factor, explains Sofie Bedford.

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Menus of Manipulation: Authoritarian Continuities in Central Asian Elections

Donnacha Ó Beacháin and Rob Kevlihan explore Central Asian elections through the prism of “menus of manipulation” developed during the Soviet era.

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The Mechanism of Direct Democracy in Authoritarian Countries: The Case of the Constitutional Referendum in Azerbaijan

Why did Aliyev opt for a constitutional referendum? Samuele Dominioni explores the implications of this decision.

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Electoral Sources of Authoritarian Resilience in Russia: Varieties of Electoral Malpractice, 2007-2016

How do democratic instruments aid the survival of an authoritarian regime? Zavadskaya, Grömping and Martinez i Coma look at the Russian case.

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Against the Stream: Political Opposition in the Russian Regions During the 2012-2016 Electoral Cycle

Despite the trend toward United Russia domination, opposition groups are succeeding in some Russian regions. Andrei Semenov investigates.

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Regime Development and Patron–Client Relations: The 2016 Transnistrian Presidential Elections and the “Russia Factor”

In Transnistria’s transfer of power, Pål Kolstø and Helge Blakkisrud see lessons about regime evolution and Moscow’s relevance.

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Informal Governance & Electorate Perceptions in Hybrid Regimes: The 2016 Parliamentary Elections in Georgia

Bidzina Lebanidze and Kornely Kakachia assess the impact of informal leaders Saakashvili and Ivanishvili on the Georgian political system.

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In each quarterly issue, distinguished and emerging scholars from around the world address politics, economics, social issues, legal systems, nationalities, international relations, and human rights. Recent articles have covered blogging in Runet, the Donbass War, and the portrayal of female heroes in Kyrgyz nation-building.

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Elections in Post-Soviet Space: A Conversation with Sofie Bedford and Ryhor Nizhnikau

Sofie Bedford and Ryhor Nizhnikau take us behind the scenes of the October 2017 special issue about post-Soviet elections.

Anonymous Women and "Honorary Males": A Conversation with Nuraida Abdykapar kyzy

Read on for a look at the research behind 'Female Heroes in a Man's World: The Construction of Female Heroes in Kyrgyzstan's Symbolic Nation-Building" (April 2017) and to find out what's next for Nuraida.

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