12th March, 201311.45 - 1.30 pm
1st April, 201411.45 - 1.30 PM
After decades of research, we still lack a measure of democratic consolidation capturing the self-enforcing nature of democracies. Using data from the Electoral Integrity Project for 64 democratic and non-democratic countries in 2012 and 2013, we create an indicator based on how parties or candidates react once votes are cast and one of them is declared the winner.
8th April, 201411.45 - 1.30PM
Synopsis:Why do elections fail or succeed? Building upon accounts seeking to explain broader processes of democratization, the key factors can be divided into three categories emphasizing, respectively, the roles of fixed structural conditions, domestic institutions, and international determinants.
15th April, 201411.45 - 1.30 pm
Synopsis: Political parties commonly set up criteria in their party regulations to define the pool of eligibles. This paper analyzes the potential consequences of these eligibility criteria on therepresentation of men and women.