Pre-election polling and the democratic veneer in a hybrid regime.

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Year:
      2020
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Authoritarianism
      competitive authoritarianism
      contentious politics
      democratic veneer
      Iran
      public opinion research
    • NAICS/Industry Codes:
      NAICS/Industry Codes 541910 Marketing Research and Public Opinion Polling
    • Abstract:
      Hybrid regimes have consolidated on the back of techniques that balance strong regime structures with tokenistic pluralism. This democratic veneer is performed through pseudo markers of democracy such as weak political parties and semi-competitive elections, which aim to ratify regime legitimacy. How public opinion polling fits into authoritarian landscapes, however, is an aspect of hybrid regimes that remains less understood. Scholars of public opinion research in democracies believe that polling can contribute to constructing the world around it, prompting this paper to examine whether public opinion research – and pre-election polling in particular – contributes to the democratic veneer in hybrid regimes by constructing a perception of participatory democracy. It examines the nature and quality of pre-election polling undertaken in authoritarian Iran in the lead-up to the 2017 presidential election in order to make preliminary observations about the potential impact of polling on a regime's pluralist credentials. It finds that while most polls were poor quality, no polling in an authoritarian environment is benign because the very process of asking citizens their opinions and publicizing responses creates an impression that individual opinions count, in an environment where the opposite is often true. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      13510347
    • Accession Number:
      143394936
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CONDUIT, D.; AKBARZADEH, S. Pre-election polling and the democratic veneer in a hybrid regime. Democratization, [s. l.], v. 27, n. 5, p. 737, 2020. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=143394936. Acesso em: 30 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Conduit D, Akbarzadeh S. Pre-election polling and the democratic veneer in a hybrid regime. Democratization. 2020;27(5):737. Accessed November 30, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=143394936
    • APA:
      Conduit, D., & Akbarzadeh, S. (2020). Pre-election polling and the democratic veneer in a hybrid regime. Democratization, 27(5), 737.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Conduit, Dara, and Shahram Akbarzadeh. 2020. “Pre-Election Polling and the Democratic Veneer in a Hybrid Regime.” Democratization 27 (5): 737. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=143394936.
    • Harvard:
      Conduit, D. and Akbarzadeh, S. (2020) ‘Pre-election polling and the democratic veneer in a hybrid regime’, Democratization, 27(5), p. 737. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=143394936 (Accessed: 30 November 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Conduit, D & Akbarzadeh, S 2020, ‘Pre-election polling and the democratic veneer in a hybrid regime’, Democratization, vol. 27, no. 5, p. 737, viewed 30 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Conduit, Dara, and Shahram Akbarzadeh. “Pre-Election Polling and the Democratic Veneer in a Hybrid Regime.” Democratization, vol. 27, no. 5, July 2020, p. 737. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=143394936.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Conduit, Dara, and Shahram Akbarzadeh. “Pre-Election Polling and the Democratic Veneer in a Hybrid Regime.” Democratization 27, no. 5 (July 2020): 737. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=143394936.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Conduit D, Akbarzadeh S. Pre-election polling and the democratic veneer in a hybrid regime. Democratization [Internet]. 2020 Jul [cited 2020 Nov 30];27(5):737. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edb&AN=143394936