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The Pseudo-Democrat's DilemmaWhy Election Monitoring Became an International Norm$
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Susan D. Hyde

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449666

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449666.001.0001

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The Quality of Monitoring and Strategic Manipulation

The Quality of Monitoring and Strategic Manipulation

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(p.158) 5 The Quality of Monitoring and Strategic Manipulation
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The Pseudo-Democrat's Dilemma
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Susan D. Hyde

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449666.003.0005

This chapter provides support for the claim that the normalization of election monitoring, including improvement in the quality of monitoring and the growing number of pseudo-democrats who invite observers, should increase the use of strategic election manipulation. It shows that even well-entrenched autocratic leaders such as Vladimir Putin of Russia and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe are willing to devote significant effort to manipulating public perceptions of election-monitors' judgments. This is further evidence that the norm exists and reflects the pseudo-democratic response to the norm. The chapter also provides evidence that efforts by pseudo-democrats to conceal election manipulation triggered an evolving game of strategy between international observers, pseudo-democrats, and pro-democracy actors.

Keywords:   international election monitoring, international norms, normalization, election manipulation, pseudo-democrats

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