Explaining Election Boycotts

  • Gail J. Buttorff


In this chapter, Buttorff discusses elections and boycotts in the 12 Arab countries that held elections between 1990 and 2010, as well as the common patterns of boycott and participation regularly observed in the Arab world. She also provides an overview of the reasons for boycotting expressed by the opposition parties themselves. Finally, using cross-national data on opposition boycotts as well as electoral fairness indicators, Buttorff explores the strengths and limits of existing scholarship in explaining the variation in the boycotting behavior of opposition groups in the region.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gail J. Buttorff
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  1. 1.Hobby School of Public AffairsUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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