The first way electoral authoritarianism maximizes Putin’s power is Russia’s unfair elections. Gel’man reveals that by the end of Putin’s second term, elections were held giving the public a chance to share their vote, but Kremlin had already selected the winner. Gel’man shares with his readers that “Despite the regime 's legitimacy being electoral in nature, voting practices were unfree and unfair, not to mention marked...
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... that Putin has no limit on his power (Gel’man 81). He also mentions multiple accounts in which Putin has the power to change the laws and even constitution 's due to the fact of corruption within the elites. Publius placed the idea of checks and balances into american government to stop power-maximization and divide powers equally. In Gel’man’s account of Putin’s electoral authoritarianism it is clear factors such as unfair elections and no power limitation would prevent Publius from calling his model a democracy at all.
While using a facade of democracy Putin is able to strengthen his powers through his model of electoral authoritarianism. However, the ways the facade are weakening his power exceeds the strengths. Even though the facade may be his best option in his model of electoral authoritarianism, it could possibly lead to an eventual collapse of his regime.
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