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Does it matter what observers say? The impact of international election monitoring on legitimacy

Journal article
Authors Kristen Kao
Ellen Lust
Lindsay Benstead
Published in Mediterranean Politics
ISSN 1362-9395
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Political Science
Language en
Keywords Election monitoring, political communication, public opinion, experiments, Middle East and North Africa
Subject categories Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies), Political Science


Full Article Figures & data References Supplemental Citations Metrics Reprints & Permissions Get access ABSTRACT Scholars and democracy promoters often suggest that electoral observers’ (EOs’) assessments impact public opinion in a straightforward manner, yet, research on communication cautions against these sanguine assumptions. We test the impact of EO statements on public opinion in two very different contexts using survey experiments conducted among 3,361 Jordanians and Tunisians. Our results demonstrate the need for democracy promoters to consider negative consequences when implementing democracy promotion programmes, and for scholars to undertake further research regarding the impacts of election monitoring on domestic attitudes.

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