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Voting for Autocracy: Hegemonic Party Survival and its Demise in Mexico

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Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

September 4, 2006

This book provides a theory of the logic of survival of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), one of the most resilient autocratic regimes in the twentieth century. An autocratic regime hid behind the facade of elections that were held with clockwise precision. Although their outcome was totally predictable, elections were not hollow rituals. The PRI made millions of ordinary citizens vest their interests in the survival of the autocratic regime.

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