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Elections in the Developing World

May 19, 2015 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Elections in the Developing World: Assessing the Challenges of Democratic Transition

We invite you to join us for a roundtable hosted by KFG fellow Inken von Borzyskowski (KFG/Florida State University).

“Elections in the Developing World:

Assessing the Challenges of Democratic Transition”

on May 19, 2015, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Freie Universität, Seminar center, room L116, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26 (Silberlaube)

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? Irfan Nooruddin (Georgetown University), Andrea Ruggeri (University of Oxford), Sarah Birch (University of Glasgow), Nikolay Marinov (University of Mannheim) and Tess McEnery (USAID) will share their current research with us, shedding light on some of these important questions.

There is no registration required for this event!

Roundtable Program: 10:00 - 10:05 Welcoming remarks
                    Inken von Borzyskowski, KFG Fellow, Assistant Professor at Florida State
10:05 - 10:20 Electing Democracy? Why Elections Have Failed the Developing

                    Irfan Nooruddin, Associate Professor at Georgetown University
10:20 - 10:35 Fraud is What People Make of It: Election Fraud and Participation in
                    Protest in Nigeria

                    Andrea Ruggeri, Associate Professor at University of Oxford
10:35 - 10:50 A Computational Approach to Explaining Electoral Violence
                    Sarah Birch, Professor at University of Glasgow (via skype)
10:50 - 11:05 Social Media and Spillovers of Democracy
                    Nikolay Marinov, Assistant Professor at University of Mannheim
11:05 - 11:20 International Election Assistance - A Policy Perspective
                    Tess McEnery, Democracy Specialist at USAID
11:20 - 12:00 General Discussion
                    Chaired by Inken von Borzyskowski