Elections and Democracy after Communism? by E. HerronElections and Democracy after Communism? by E. Herron

Elections and Democracy after Communism?

byE. Herron

Hardcover | June 16, 2009

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After the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, hope was high for democracy's introduction to Eastern Europe and Eurasia. By the end of the twentieth century, a handful of the fifteen successor states had become democratic, but most were authoritarian or semi-authoritarian. Elections and Democracy after Communism? assesses the contradictory trajectories of post-communist states, focusing on the evolution of electoral practices. Chapters address the design and consequences of election rules, voter decisions to participate in elections and support specific parties, the use of referendums, election quality, and public responses to allegations of election fraud.

Erik S. Herron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas. From 2004-2007, he served as Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. He has traveled extensively in Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and was an international observer in six elections in Georgia, Rus...
Title:Elections and Democracy after Communism?Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:June 16, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230600956

ISBN - 13:9780230600959


Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures * Preface * Acknowledgments * 1. Understanding Elections and Democracy in Post-Soviet Space * 2. Elections under Soviet Authoritarianism * 3. Electoral System Design and Re-Design * 4. Consequences of Electoral System Choice * 5. Citizens and the Incentives to Vote * 6. Political Party Evolution * 7. Referendums as Direct Democracy * 8. Administrative Architecture of Elections * 9. Assessing Election Quality * 10. Election Fraud and Public Protest * 11. Conclusion * Appendix * Bibliography * Index