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Elections in hard times : building stronger democracies in the 21st century

Author: Thomas Edward Flores; Irfan Nooruddin
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press ; Washington, DC : Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why are 'free and fair' elections so often followed by democratic backsliding? Elections in Hard Times answers this critical question, showing why even clean elections fail to advance democracy when held amidst challenging structural conditions. The book opens with a comprehensive, accessible synthesis of fifty years of research on elections and democratization, a resource for experts, policymakers, and students.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Cross-cultural studies
Named Person: Wahl
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Edward Flores; Irfan Nooruddin
ISBN: 9781107132139 1107132134 9781107584631 1107584639
OCLC Number: 945169920
Description: xix, 277 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Why have elections failed to deliver? An answer --
3. The third wave(s) and the electoral boom --
4. The ephemeral power of contingent legitimacy --
5. Experience matters: democratic stock and elections --
6. Starved states: fiscal space and elections --
7. Violent votes: conflict and elections --
8. Democracy promotion for the twenty-first century --
9. Conclusions.
Responsibility: Thomas Edward Flores and Irfan Nooruddin.

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Demonstrates why elections fail to promote democracy when countries lack democratic experience and are held during civil conflict.  Read more...

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