Authoritarianism Goes Global: Election Monitoring Vs. Disinformation

  title={Authoritarianism Goes Global: Election Monitoring Vs. Disinformation},
  author={Patrick Merloe},
  journal={Journal of Democracy},
  pages={79 - 93}
  • P. Merloe
  • Published 13 July 2015
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Democracy
Abstract:This article confronts the battle for control of the electoral narrative in autocratic states. Autocrats subvert popular will by denying political rights and covering up their transgressions by negating transparency and sowing confusion with disinformation from state media, governmentsponsored groups, and favorable international voices. Credible citizen election monitors and international observers are organizing around ethical principles and effective methodologies to ensure they… 

The Authoritarian Threat: Weaknesses of Autocracy Promotion

Abstract:As the international balance of power has shifted away from established democracies, autocrats have begun to assert themselves on the world stage. Once the passive targets of democracy

Elections, legitimacy, and compliance in authoritarian regimes: evidence from the Arab world

ABSTRACT Elections have been theorized to bolster compliance with authoritarian regimes by strengthening their coercive capacity, their ability to co-opt, and their legitimacy. While a growing body

Electoral Violence in Putin´s Russia: Modern Authoritarianism in Practice

The paper identifies and analyses the acts of electoral violence that occurred during the 2011 parliamentary and 2012 presidential elections in the Russian Federation, and connects them with the

Understanding Authoritarian Regionalism

Abstract:This article examines the goals, methods, and implications of regional organizations founded and dominated by autocracies—including the Commonwealth of Independent States (spearheaded by

Authoritarian International Law?

Abstract International law, though formally neutral among regime types, has mainly been a product of liberal democracies since World War II. In light of recent challenges to the liberal international

Minority Arab voting: village dynamics and electoral observations in Israel

ABSTRACT For all the novelty of a democratizing “Arab Spring”, there have long been pockets in the Middle East where Arabic-speaking voters have gone to the polls in competitive elections, albeit as

Who's There? Election Observer Identity and the Local Credibility of Elections

Abstract Prior research has sought to understand the rise of election observers and their consequences for outcomes such as fraud, protest, and violence. These studies are important but they overlook

Latin America’s New Turbulence: Can Democracy Win in Venezuela?

Abstract:Venezuela’s competitive authoritarian regime now confronts a highly mobilized opposition with a large majority in the legislature. What are the prospects for successful democratic change

Resisting International Election Observation Through Election Visit Programmes: The Case of Malaysia

Malaysia has not invited International Election Monitoring Organisations (IEMOs) for any of its general elections (GEs) since 1990 and so is numbered among those states that defy this international

Authoritarian learning: a conceptual overview

ABSTRACT There is increasing evidence that the renewed resilience of authoritarian regimes is due, in part, to authoritarian learning. While scholarly interest in authoritarian learning is growing,