Elections, legitimacy and transitions: lessons from emerging democracies
Elections have also been one of the leading areas through which the international community has sought to support emerging democracies. Elections hold tremendous promise to deepen the quality of democratic governance but they can also be problematic, and their benefits are by no means assured. This is why elections should command attention and priority.
This series of events, which is part of a wider ODI initiative, in partnership with International IDEA and BBC Media Action, on “Why elections matter: Assessing the quality of governance in emerging democracies”, will further on-going debates on elections and their relationship with democratisation and political transitions, pulling together insights and lessons that have emerged about both the opportunities that elections offer and some of the challenges they raise.