Dissent in Iranian Elections: Reasons and Implications
Author: Samii, William A.
Source: The Middle East Journal, Volume 58, Number 3, July 2004 , pp. 403-423(21)
Publisher: Middle East Institute
Abstract:Unelected institutions and individuals in Iran can counteract the initiatives of their elected counterparts, and President Muhammad Khatami's legislative efforts to change this situation failed. The Iranian public's reaction to this can be measured quantitatively by looking at falling voter participation figures and by the number of spoiled ballots. This article analyzes the implications of this reality for the regime's popularity and survival, and for the time in which the system could change.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: July 1, 2004
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