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Electoral observation missions promote competitive elections in autocracies

Roussias, Nasos and Ruiz-Rufino, Rubén (2018) Electoral observation missions promote competitive elections in autocracies. Democratic Audit Blog (20 Jun 2018). Blog Entry.

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As elections have become more frequent across all regimes, Electoral Observation Missions (EOM) have increased their presence around their world. However, it has not always been clear whether EOM have an impact, and what exactly that is. Nasos Roussias and Rubén Ruiz-Rufino addressed this issue, examining elections from more than 100 countries around the world between 1976 and 2009. They show that EOM presence results in improvements of the competitiveness of elections, but only in autocracies, where they reduce margins of victory for incumbents and increase the likelihood that the opposition will take over, whereas they have no traceable impact in democracies.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 18 May 2021 18:03
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 10:59

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