Monitors and Meddlers: How Foreign Actors Influence Local Trust in Elections

1/16/2023; 58 minutes

Foreign influences on elections are widespread. Although foreign interventions around elections differ markedly — in terms of when and why they occur and whether they are even legal — they all have enormous potential to influence citizens in the countries where elections are held. Monitors and Meddlers explains how and why outside interventions influence local trust in elections, a critical factor for democracy and stability. Whether foreign actors enhance or diminish electoral trust depends on who is intervening, what political party citizens support, and where the election takes place. This talk, presented by UC San Diego political science professor Lauren Prather, draws on diverse evidence, including new surveys conducted around elections with varying levels of democracy in Georgia, Tunisia, and the United States. Recorded on 12/06/2022. (#38457)

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