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8 - Elections with Foreign Influences

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 July 2022

Sarah Sunn Bush
Affiliation:
Yale University, Connecticut
Lauren Prather
Affiliation:
University of California, San Diego
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To conclude the book, this chapter considers the implications of the theory and findings for the political behaviors that are important to democracy, including voter turnout, and for scholarship on international relations and democratic backsliding. Bush and Prather discuss how the evidence presented in the book complicates the narratives scholars and others have told about how foreign actors shape local trust in elections. Without taking seriously the psychology of citizens, we cannot understand who the most vulnerable individuals in society are to the influence of foreign actors. This chapter also explores how the book’s theory might be expanded to incorporate the role played by elites and political parties in amplifying or diminishing foreign actors’ effects and the effects of other forms of international interventions on domestic politics. Finally, the authors conclude with thoughts on how foreign interventions in elections contribute to polarization and thus to some of the threats to democracy currently facing our world.

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Monitors and Meddlers
How Foreign Actors Influence Local Trust in Elections
, pp. 247 - 274
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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