In a paper submitted to APSA, Barry C. Burden, David T. Canon, Stéphane Lavertu, Kenneth R. Mayer, and Donald P. Moynihan have explored the effect of partisan EMB membership on the body’s behavior. In their paper, Election Officials: How Selection Methods Shape Their Policy Preferences and Affect Voter Turnout, the authors find that how clerks are selected has a noticeable impact on the body’s priorities.
Steven Heydemann, professor at Georgetown University, analyzes a recent report from Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and Hivos, Beyond Orthodox Approaches: Assessing opportunities for democracy support in the Middle East and North Africa.
Haider Ala Hamoudi, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, has published an article in the Harvard International Law Journal, discussing the decision to hold early elections in Iraq.
Writing in the University of Warwick's Journal of Law, Peter Burnell uses the debate surrounding Canada's potential publicly-funded Centre for Advancing Democracy, to explore impact evaluation for autocracy promotion.
Hicham Ben Abdallah of Standford University has published an article in Le Monde Diplomatique,where he explores contemporary culture in the Middle East. He argues that the artistic and intellectual classes' inability to challenge Islamist norms is detrimental to hopes of democratic development.
Muna Ndulo and Sara Lulo have published a paper in the Harvard International Law Journal, which explores whether elections are a precondition to democratization and peace. They argue that post-conflict elections can build peace, but only if they are properly administered, and only if the post-election period is followed by economic growth.
Recent fervor over new media as tools of democracy assistance has met resistance in the recognition that autocrats can block or use these technologies themselves. Larry Diamond in the JoD nonetheless sees these technologies as fundamentally democratizing forces. Donor countries should focus on helping users circumvent their censors.
Stephen Ansolabehere and his colleagues released a report, which details the results of their recent studies into voter registration list quality in two areas of the United States.
Writing for Stanford's CDDRL, Jakob Tolstrup argues host-country elites constitute a critical element to theory-building about the effectiveness of democracy assistance.
Focusing partly on new media, the journal of Georgetown's DG think tank looks at strategies autocrats use to evade democratizing interventions and the strategies reformers pursue to evade those autocrats.