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dc.contributor.authorBIRCH, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-16T13:52:02Z
dc.date.available2016-03-16T13:52:02Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn1830-7736
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/40331
dc.descriptionThe lecture was delivered on 17 February 2016.en
dc.description.abstractIn recent decades, the politics of electoral reform has revolved mainly around the implementation of democratic electoral principles rather than around the principles themselves. This means that electoral authoritarian leaders tend to employ forms of electoral abuse that entail giving unfair advantage to pro-regime electoral competitors, rather than excluding either voters or competitors from the electoral arena altogether. When such regimes become weakened, they tend to ramp up forms of manipulation that favour pro-regime political forces. This deterioration in election quality often serves as a focal point which mobilises both domestic and international pressure for electoral reform, as the erosion of established electoral rights generates grievances. Under the right circumstances, such mobilisation can lead to step changes in the quality of elections. This suggests that improvements in electoral integrity commonly follow increases in fraud, in a one-step-back-two-steps-forward pattern which is in several ways quite distinct from existing understandings of the relationship between elections and democratisation. This model, which I term the 'electoral tango', has implications for how we evaluate and address electoral malpractice in the contemporary world.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEUI MWP LSen
dc.relation.ispartofseries2016/02en
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessen
dc.subjectElectoral tangoen
dc.subjectElectoral abuseen
dc.subjectAuthoritarian regimesen
dc.titleThe electoral tango : the evolution of electoral integrity in competitive authoritarian regimesen
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