How To Rig An Election by Nic CheesemanHow To Rig An Election by Nic Cheeseman

How To Rig An Election

byNic Cheeseman, Brian Klaas

Hardcover | May 22, 2018

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An engrossing analysis of the pseudo-democratic methods employed by despots around the world to retain control

Contrary to what is commonly believed, authoritarian leaders who agree to hold elections are generally able to remain in power longer than autocrats who refuse to allow the populace to vote. In this engaging and provocative book, Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas expose the limitations of national elections as a means of promoting democratization, and reveal the six essential strategies that dictators use to undermine the electoral process in order to guarantee victory for themselves. Based on their firsthand experiences as election watchers and their hundreds of interviews with presidents, prime ministers, diplomats, election officials, and conspirators, Cheeseman and Klaas document instances of election rigging from Argentina to Zimbabwe, including notable examples from Brazil, India, Nigeria, Russia, and the United States—touching on the 2016 election. This eye-opening study offers a sobering overview of corrupted professional politics, while providing fertile intellectual ground for the development of new solutions for protecting democracy from authoritarian subversion.
Nic Cheeseman is professor of democracy at the University of Birmingham and founding editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Politics. He lives in Birmingham, UK. Brian Klaas is a fellow in comparative politics at the London School of Economics. He lives in London.
Title:How To Rig An ElectionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:May 22, 2018Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300204434

ISBN - 13:9780300204438

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“As elections have become the norm worldwide, and a vital indicator of the strength of democracy, so too have the brazen and oft-underhanded attempts by autocrats to use the veneer of a seemingly credible poll to varnish their otherwise horrendous track records. Professor Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas offer an incisively sweeping view of this pressing global challenge, and importantly, how to counteract anti-democratic headwinds. This remarkably timely book is an indispensable addition to the desks and bookshelves of activists, academics and courageous pro-democracy crusaders worldwide.”— Jeffrey Smith, Executive Director, Vanguard Africa Foundation