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The Pseudo-Democrat's Dilemma: Why Election Monitoring Became an International Norm

Susan D. Hyde


Why did election monitoring become an international norm? Why do pseudo-democrats invite international observers, even when they are likely to be caught manipulating elections? Is election observation an effective tool of democracy promotion, or is it simply a way to legitimize electoral autocracies? This book explains international election monitoring with a new theory of international norm formation. It argues that election observation was initiated by states seeking international support. International benefits tied to democracy give some governments an incentive to signal their commitment ... More

Keywords: international election monitoring, election manipulation, election observation, democracy, democratic elections, pseudo-democrats, pro-democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449666
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan D. Hyde, author
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Yale University