ABSTRACT

The book has shown that the effect of authoritarian elections on regime stability is influenced by autocrats’ state capacity and control over the economy. The concluding chapter argues that these findings affect the literatures on authoritarianism and democratization. It is time to look beyond regime types and explore various other aspects of authoritarian rule including how dictators control the economy as well as the relationship between authoritarian elections and legitimacy. Furthermore, the chapter shows that where elections lead to authoritarian breakdown, democratization does not necessarily follow. Autocracies with limited capacities may more easily break down, but at the same time, the countries in question may often lack the capacities necessary to build a democracy.