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WCED Lecture. Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century

Irfan Nooruddin, Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics, Georgetown University
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
4:00-5:30 PM
110 Weiser Hall Map
Why are 'free and fair' elections so often followed by democratic backsliding? Irfan Nooruddin answers this critical question, showing why even clean elections fail to advance democracy when held amidst challenging structural conditions. This lecture will open with a comprehensive, accessible synthesis of fifty years of research on elections and democratization, a resource for experts, policymakers, and students. It then develops a new theory of why elections fail in countries with little democratic history or fiscal resources, and a history of violent conflict. Nooruddin’s talk leverages an eclectic mix of cross-national data, short case studies and surveys of voters to support this theory.

Irfan Nooruddin is the Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics and the Faculty Chair of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. He directs the Georgetown University India Initiative, a university-wide initiative that advances research and teaching around India and its role in world affairs and creates a platform for high-level dialogue among American and Indian leaders from government, business, civil society, and the academy. He is the author of "Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century" (Cambridge, 2016) and "Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments" (Cambridge, 2011). Professor Nooruddin specializes in the study of comparative economic development and policymaking, democratization and democratic institutions, and international institutions. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and is a Team Member with Lokniti: Programme on Comparative Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Democracy, Election, International, Politics
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, International Institute

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2017-18 Event Themes

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What fuels the rise of populism in various parts of Europe, Eurasia, and beyond? Speakers in this series will discuss genealogies and varieties of populism, and ponder how 21st-century populisms are related to other key phenomena of our times—globalization, neoliberalism, and pluralism.

Regionalism Series

What is the meaning of regionalism at the twin age of nationalism and European Unionism? Speakers will discuss the political and academic formation and transformation of regions like “Europe,” “Eastern Europe,” or “the Balkans,” and reflect on the implications of reframing regional boundaries for our understanding of various European societies.