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How to Rig an Election: Author and Book Discussion
February 18 @ 5:00 pm| Free
There are more elections than ever before, and yet the world is becoming less democratic. This is the primary paradox presented by the authors of How to Rig an Election. Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas, two political scientists and preeminent experts on democracy and elections, examine how authoritarian leaders can gain and maintain political power by taking advantage of weaknesses in electoral systems. Using data collected from more than 500 interviews in 11 countries as well as a global data set of every elections held over the past 60 years, the authors lay out how gerrymandering, vote buying, repression, hacking, and ballot box stuffing are used by autocrats to ‘rig elections’ and what can be done to protect democracies.
This book discussion focuses primarily on the book and on the global state of democracy more generally. Leading the discussion is Justin Collier, PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. Author Nic Cheeseman will join for the first part of the discussion. Cheeseman is Professor of Democracy at the University of Birmingham in England and was formerly the Director of the African Studies Centre at Oxford University. He is the author or editor of ten books and is the founding editor of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of African Politics.
Online program from the Lewes Public Library.
This program is sponsored by Delaware Humanities and was funded by the “Why It Matters” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting.
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