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By Todd A. Eisenstadt

Pitting competition activists' post-electoral conflicts opposed to their utilization of regime-constructed electoral courts, this learn of Mexico's sluggish transition to democracy addresses the puzzle of why its competition events didn't use those independent courts. The electoral courts have been demonstrated to mitigate Mexico's frequently violent post-electoral disputes at key moments of the country's 27-year democratic transition, and had formal promises of courtroom independence from the occasion of the Institutional Revolution (PRI).

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More than a decision about whether to use the electoral court, it is a strategic decision about whether to accept the entire bundle of procedures and outcomes the election represents. A decision to appeal to the electoral courts implies tacit acceptance of their credibility (although it is tempered if the of government policy (such as participation in electoral administration). The authoritarians responded in Brazil through the imposition of “cassuismos” (arbitrary electoral laws limiting opposition access to power), even though this partial reversion of political opening came too late for the authoritarians to stop the momentum of democratization.

The ordering of authoritarian preferences follows a logic consistent with Roeder’s (1993) observation that even in authoritarian regimes, constituencies can be specified, and Knight’s (1992) insight that institution building as a problem of distributing “raw” power. However, unlike most efforts to specify the preferences of authoritarian incumbents in electoral authoritarian regimes (such as in Hermet et al. 1978, Lamounier 1989, Liu 1991), I model authoritarian “precurtain” decisions to hold elections and modify electoral institutions as the result both of shifts in support within the authoritarian’s internal coalition and of pressure by actors outside this authoritarian coalition.

The main protagonists in protracted transitions are opposition parties, which tend toward the center of the political spectrum, where they can more readily turn elections into anti-authoritarian plebiscites. Parting from the conventional wisdom of the O’Donnell-Schmitter (1986) tradition that the road to democratization is paved with political pacts among authoritarian elites, Geddes notes that such insights have been inductively derived. There has been little grand theorizing about democratization, at least since the Third Wave’s commencement with Portugal in 1974.

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