From Open Secrets to Secret Voting

From Open Secrets to Secret Voting

Kobo ebook | June 30, 2015

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The expansion of suffrage and the introduction of elections after authoritarian interludes are momentous political changes that represent only the first step in the process of democratization. In the absence of institutions and guarantees that protect the electoral autonomy of voters against a range of actors who seek to influence their votes, these rights can just be hollow promises. This book examines the adoption of electoral reforms that protected the autonomy of voters during elections and sought to minimize undue electoral influences. Empirically, the book focuses on the adoption of reforms protecting electoral secrecy in Imperial Germany during the period between 1870 and 1912. This book shows that the political impetus for changes in electoral institutions originated with politicians that faced relatively high costs of electoral intimidation and identified the economic and political factors that affect the latter.
Title:From Open Secrets to Secret VotingFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 30, 2015Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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