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Ian McAllister and Stephen White

. Introduction Election turnout is often viewed as a primary indicator of the health of a country’s democratic system. Among the wide range of political activities that citizens may engage in, voting involves the greatest number of people for the smallest amount of time; in most cases, it also poses the

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Derek S. Hutcheson and Ian McAllister

Introduction Many recent studies of Russian elections have paid relatively little attention to the election results themselves, and instead focused more attention on the integrity of the electoral process. A perception has grown among international observers, as well as many Russian citizens

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Charles Manga Fombad

. Introduction Although elections lie at the very heart of democracy, the surge in the frequency and number of elections in Africa in the last two decades has shown that they also pose the greatest threat to the democratic project. As a result of poor management, many African governments have used elections

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Horacio R. Trujillo, David Elam, Gabriel Shapiro and Malcolm Clayton

1 Introduction Leading up to the Kenyan presidential elections of 2013, observers around the world were preoccupied by the specter of renewed mass violence akin to that which erupted following the 2007 presidential election, which resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 persons and the

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Caroline Abadeer, Alexandra Domike Blackman and Scott Williamson

governing qualifications and sharply criticized their opponent’s ideological leanings. 1 The excitement surrounding the event symbolized the transition’s promise to broaden the choices offered to Egyptian voters: following a highly-contested parliamentary election in late 2011 and early 2012, a

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Abraham Ibn Ezra on Elections, Interrogations, and Medical Astrology

A Parallel Hebrew-English Critical Edition of the Book of Elections (3 Versions), the Book of Interrogations (3 Versions), and the Book of the Luminaries

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Shlomo Sela

This volume offers the first critical edition of the Hebrew text, with English translation and commentary, of seven astrological treatises by Abraham Ibn Ezra: the Book of Elections (3 versions); the Book of Interrogations (3 versions); and the Book of the Luminaries. This volume, then, covers the astrological doctrine of elections, which is concerned with finding the best time to begin a particular activity; the doctrine of interrogations, designed to allow astrologers to reply to questions related to daily life; and the astrological theory behind the doctrine of the critical days, when marked changes take place in the symptoms of a disease. These three systems of astrology were combined in a single volume because Ibn Ezra considers them to be closely interrelated.

"Despite these quibbles, Shlomo Sela is to be congratulated for making Ibn Ezra’s astrological treatises available in a modern edition of very high quality."
Bernard Goldstein, University of Pittsburgh
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Taryn Lesser

The South American country of Guyana has a history of turmoil surrounding its presidential elections. The elections of 1992, the first free and fair elections held in 28 years, as well as those held in 1997 and 2001, were marred by violence and mistrust, leading the international community to

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Max Bader

Introduction Fraud and manipulation are common in Russian elections. Reports about widespread electoral fraud or manipulation, however, mask a complex picture of significant geographic variation. Analyses of the results of the 2016 State Duma election show that there was little to no election

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Arkadii E. Lyubarev

The 1990s and the First Half of the 2000s Russian electoral legislation of the 1990s grew out of the electoral legislation of the Soviet Union. Elections in the USSR were ritual events without any even the appearance of competition: each mandate claimed strictly one candidate. Therefore

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Electoral Music Reception

A Meta-Analysis of Electorate Surveys in the Nigerian States of Lagos and Bayelsa

Garhe Osiebe

Nigeria-based political communications and polling organization. The surveys were conducted between April and September 2012 to determine the effects of electoral music (campaign jingles) on voting patterns in the April 2011 elections. Since electoral music loses its relevance once elections are concluded