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Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century
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 ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Cambridge University Press
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In Elections in Hard Times, Thomas Flores and Irfan Nooruddin tackle one of the challenging policy questions of the early 21st century: Why do countries keep having elections but fail to become any more democratic? They argue that, to some extent, a selection effect has occurred: all the easy cases, the ones where democracy had the best chance to flourish, democratized early. All the remaining cases, the ones that are still struggling to become fully democratic, face structural constraints that ...more