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Illiberal Practices
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Within subunits of a democratic federation, lasting political practices that restrict choice, limit debate, and exclude or distort democratic participation have been analyzed in recent scholarship as subnational authoritarianism. Once a critical number of citizens or regions band together in these practices, they can leverage illiberal efforts at the federal level. This timely, data-driven book compares federations that underwent transitions in the first, second, and third waves of democratization and offers a substantial expansion of the concept of subnational authoritarianism. The eleven expert political scientists featured in this text examine the nature and scope of subnational democratic variations within six large federations, including the United States, India, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Russia. Illiberal Practices makes the case that subnational units are more likely to operate by means of illiberal structures and practices than as fully authoritarian regimes. Detailed case studies examine uneven levels of citizenship in each federal system. These are distributed unequally across the different regions of the country and display semi-democratic or hybrid characteristics. Appropriate for scholars and students of democratization, authoritarianism, federalism, decentralization, and comparative politics, Illiberal Practices sheds light on the uneven extension of democracy within countries that have already democratized. Contributors: Jacqueline Behrend, Andre Borges, Julian Durazo Herrmann, Carlos Gervasoni, Edward L. Gibson, Desmond King, Inga A.-L. Saikkonen, Celina Souza, Maya Tudor, Laurence Whitehead, Adam Ziegfeld
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This creative collection forces us to recognize and rethink what subnational authoritarianism is and why it endures. Admirable in its breadth and depth, the project makes a substantive contribution to both the literature on regime change and the literature on decentralization. -- Nancy Bermeo, Oxford University, coeditor of Federalism and Territorial Cleavages Illiberal Practices makes a splendid addition to the burgeoning literature in comparative politics that zooms in on subnational actors, institutions, and processes. Through historically rich and conceptually innovative comparative studies of subnational politics, the contributors illuminate the causes and consequences of democracy's uneven territorial extension within federal systems across the world. -- Richard Snyder, Brown University, coauthor of Passion, Craft, and Method in Comparative Politics

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Jacqueline Behrend is a professor of political science at the Universidad Nacional de San Martin and a tenured researcher at the Argentine National Council for Scientific and Technical Research. Laurence Whitehead is a senior research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. He is the author of Democratization: Theory and Experience.

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... this book is a timely contribution to the growing literature on subnational political regimes in democracies around the world, which scholars of comparative democratization, subnational politics, and local governance will find equally interesting. * Publius * ... this book is a timely contribution to the growing literature on subnational political regimes in democracies around the world, which scholars of comparative democratization, subnational politics, and local governance will find equally interesting. * Publius *

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