Department of Political Science

PSC/IR 262 Elections in Developing Countries

Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

Robin Harding
Spring 2014 ("W" Optional) — M 14:00-16:40

Course Syllabus

How do elections work in developing countries? Do contexts that are specific to countries in the developing world have implications for the nature and operation of electoral politics therein? In this course we will explore a number of issues that have particular relevance for elections in developing countries, including clientelism and vote-buying, electoral manipulation and fraud, ethnic voting, and electoral violence. In addition, we will consider how limited levels of information and political credibility affect both the operation of electoral accountability and the nature of electoral competition. In doing so, we will draw on examples from Africa, Latin America, and South East Asia.