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THE RISE OF COMPETITIVE AUTHORITARIANISM Stephen Levitsky and Lucan A. Way Africa, post-communism Eurasia and Latin America combine democratic and authoritarian governments some believe they are transitioning to democracy, but sometimes they stay the same (Russia) or go towards authoritarianism (Belarus) terms like “semi-democratic” obscure the differences for why they are not democratic and their implications DeFning Competitive Authoritarianism democracy is known as means for political authority, but violate rules so severely and often that they do not meet the minimum standards for democracy diminished form of authoritarianism, not democracy - fall short of both criteria for democracy: - government chosen through open, free, fair elections - adults have right to vote - political rights - elected authorities can govern without being under tutelary control of military/clerical leaders in c.a. regimes, there are serious and frequent violations of these criteria, creating uneven playing Feld between government and opposition c.a. distinguished from systems that meet no criteria, such as “delegative democracies”
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