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Elections and Democracy after Communism? Erik Herron

Elections and Democracy after Communism?

Erik Herron

Published May 15th 2009
ISBN : 9780230600959
Hardcover
256 pages
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After the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, hope was high for democracys introduction to Eastern Europe and Eurasia. By the end of the twentieth century, a handful of the fifteen successor states had become democratic, but most wereMoreAfter the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union, hope was high for democracys introduction to Eastern Europe and Eurasia. By the end of the twentieth century, a handful of the fifteen successor states had become democratic, but most were authoritarian or semi-authoritarian. Elections and Democracy after Communism? assesses the contradictory trajectories of post-communist states, focusing on the evolution of electoral practices. Chapters address the design and consequences of election rules, voter decisions to participate in elections and support specific parties, the use of referendums, election quality, and public responses to allegations of election fraud.