The greatest political paradox of our time is this: there are more elections than ever before but the world is becoming less democratic. Elections are often the frontlines in a global battle for democracy. Dictators, despots, and counterfeit democrats hold elections to legitimize their regime, but then rig them to ensure that they maintain their iron grip on power. Vote buying. Violent repression. Assassinating rivals. Gerrymandering. Voter suppression. Ballot box stuffing. And the digital frontier of hacking and disinformation campaigns.
In this talk, Professor Nic Cheeseman and Dr Brian Klaas show the ways an election can be rigged – with the hopes that the lesson will help save democracy. They have co-authored “How to Rig an Election”; Yale University Press 2018.