Over the past three decades elections have become almost universal. Yet while they hold tremendous promise to deepen the quality of democratic governance, they can also be problematic.
In some cases, elections can undermine institutions, fuel conflict and corruption, and drive political short-termism. However, elections should command attention: not only are they one of the most visible elements of democracy, but are also one of the main areas through which the international community has sought to support emerging democracies. This ongoing initiative seeks to assess the quality of governance in emerging democracies by tracking and responding to electoral themes and processes.
Read our research reports on elections:
- What’s behind the demand for governance? An assessment of people’s views
- Mind the gap: lessons learnt and remaining challenges in parliamentary development assistance
- Assessing international democracy assistance: key lessons and challenges
- International assistance to political party and party system development