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Monitoring DemocracyWhen International Election Observation Works, and Why It Often Fails$
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Judith G. Kelley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152776

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152776.001.0001

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What Influences Monitors’ Assessments?

What Influences Monitors’ Assessments?

(p.59) Chapter 4 What Influences Monitors’ Assessments?
Monitoring Democracy

Judith G. Kelley

Princeton University Press

This chapter analyzes some of the factors that may influence how organizations assess elections. Identifying such possible biases is necessary to assess the legitimacy of the monitoring process itself and identify when assessments may be questionable. It also advances the general study of transnational actors, who are playing increasingly consequential roles in global governance. Scholars have long contended that transnational actors are both normative and strategic, but only more recently have they begun to study how their politics and preferences influence their behavior. Uncovering what influences the assessments of monitoring organizations therefore contributes to a richer understanding of the behavior of international NGOs and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). To consider the quality of monitoring information and the legitimacy of monitoring more generally, the chapter analyzes the determinants of monitors' assessments.

Keywords:   elections, monitoring process, transnational actors, global governance, politics, NGOs, IGOs, monitoring information

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