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Roundtable on Elections and Democracy in the Developing World

Apr 20, 2015


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We invite you to join us for a roundtable on "Elections and Democracy in the Developing World", hosted by KFG fellow Inken von Borzyskowski. While almost all countries hold elections today, these are often plagued by fraud and violence, and are frequently administered by weak institutions. Democracy depends critically on free and fair elections and peaceful transitions – yet these essential first steps are regularly thwarted in developing countries.

Why are some elections violent while others are not? When do elections facilitate democracy? We have an excellent line-up of speakers who will share their current research with us, shedding light on some of these important questions:

  • Irfan Nooruddin (Georgetown): Electing Democracy? Why Elections Have Failed the Developing World
  • Andrea Ruggeri (Oxford): Fraud is What People Make of It: Election Fraud and Participation in Protest in Nigeria
  • Sarah Birch (Glasgow): A Computational Approach to Explaining Electoral Violence
  • Nikolay Marinov (Mannheim): Social Media and Spillovers of Democracy
  • Tess McEnery (USAID): International Election Assistance - A Policy Perspective

Following the presentations, we will open up the floor to the audience to discuss research designs, findings, and implications for research and policy. The roundtable will take place on Tuesday, May 19, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the new seminar center, room L116 at Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26 (Silberlaube), U3 Dahlem Dorf. We look forward to seeing you there!

All details at a glance:

Date: 19 May, 2015, 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
Place: Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26 (Silberlaube), room L116