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Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works, and Why It Often Fails

Judith G. Kelley


In recent decades, governments and NGOs—in an effort to promote democracy, freedom, fairness, and stability throughout the world—have organized teams of observers to monitor elections in a variety of countries. But when more organizations join the practice without uniform standards, are assessments reliable? When politicians nonetheless cheat and monitors must return to countries even after two decades of engagement, what is accomplished? This book argues that the practice of international election monitoring is broken, but still worth fixing. By analyzing the evolving interaction between dome ... More

Keywords: governments, NGOs, democracy, freedom, fairness, stability, international election monitoring, international politics, domestic politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691152776
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Judith G. Kelley, author
Duke University