African election management bodies in the era of democratic backsliding

Campion, Sonali ORCID: and Jega, Attahiru Muhammadu (2023) African election management bodies in the era of democratic backsliding. South African Journal of International Affairs, 30 (3). pp. 375-394. ISSN 1022-0461

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Although democratisation has evolved unevenly across Africa since the 1990s, there has been progress in the establishment and strengthening of independent election management bodies (EMBs). Since the mid-2000s, scholars and analysts have identified a global trend toward democratic backsliding, characterised in part by the erosion of democratic institutions. Such a trend might be expected to pose significant threats to EMBs. This article contributes new insights through a review of data from the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity and Varieties of Democracy projects. While it finds wide variation in EMB performance and autonomy, there is no overall pattern of decline that might be associated with democratic backsliding in Africa. Case analysis of Ghana and Zambia further demonstrates that the challenges EMBs face are multifaceted and not only driven by anti-democratic leaders. Co-ordinated efforts are therefore needed to strengthen EMB autonomy and capacity to (re)build trust and deliver elections with integrity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: africa,democratic backsliding,election management bodies,electoral management,ghana,zambia,political science and international relations ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3320
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2024 08:31
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2024 13:31
DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2023.2274852


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