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Challenges of Experimental Government and Public Policy Series

When Oct 25, 2018
from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM
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Professor Nic Cheeseman (Professor of Democracy at the University of Birmingham) and Dr Brian Klass (Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics)

Contrary to what is commonly believed, authoritarian regimes that hold elections are generally able to remain in power longer than those that refuse to allow the populace to vote.

Calling upon first-hand experiences from elections in Brazil, India, Nigeria, Russia, and the United States, Dr Klaas and Professor Cheeseman expose the limitations of national elections as a means of promoting democratisation, revealing the six essential strategies that dictators use to undermine the electoral process in order to guarantee victory for themselves. They then reflect on how international actors, policy makers and political leaders can respond to better safeguard democracy.

Their book, How to Rig an Election, was the first to be used as the front cover of the Spectator magazine, and has been described as “Clear, punchy, and potentially revolutionary” by Michela Wrong, author of Our Turn to Eat, and “essential reading for everyone who wants to get democracy right again” by AC Grayling, author of War.

Signed copies of How to Rig an Election will be available at the event.

Dr Brian Klaas (@brian_klaas) is a Fellow in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Co-Author of How to Rig an Election. Dr Klaas is a former US campaign adviser and frequent political analyst of US domestic and foreign policy in mainstream media outlets, and is a columnist for the Washington Post. In 2013, Dr. Klaas published The Despot’s Accomplice. 

Professor Nic Cheeseman (@fromagehomme) is Professor of Democracy and International Development at the University of Birmingham and the author of Democracy in Africa (2015). As well as being the former editor of the Journal of African Affairs, the #1 ranked journal in Area Studies, Professor Cheeseman is the founding editor of the Oxford Encyclopaedia of African Politics, the Oxford Dictionary of African Politics, and the co-editor of the Handbook of Kenyan Politics. Professor Cheeseman regularly appears in the media discussing electoral politics and democracy, including the BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, and The Times.

For further information, please see the attached lecture series Programme

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