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"Eric Bjornlund combines solid research and extensive knowledge with vast practical experience (including insightful vignettes from several case studies) to produce a first rate book on the history and evolution of election observation. Given the dearth of written material that reflects the experience and lessons learned of the last 15 years of democracy promotion, Björnlund has made a major contribution to the scholarly and policy work on an important subject. This book is a must- read for anyone seeking to understand the complexities, challenges, and achievements of programs and people working to improve elections around the world. "--Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies and Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

"Eric Bjornlund has written a book that has been much needed for years -- a comprehensive, incisive account of the critically important field of election monitoring in new democracies. Moreover he has produced a masterful, field-defining work, infused with a probing, judicious spirit of constructive criticism, grounded in a wide range of practical cases, and packed with insights about how to do better."--Horacio Boneo, former Director, United National Electoral Assistance Division

"An outstanding book in a important field. On the basis of an extensive field experience, Björnlund combines insightful conceptual analysis with detailed descriptions of relevant cases. A recommended reading for those involved in electoral observation."--Jennifer Windsor, Executive Director of Freedom House and former Director, Democracy and Governance Office, U.S. Agency for International Development

Chapter List

List of Tables
Foreword, by Lee H. Hamilton
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Part I. Democracy Promotion, Elections, and Election Monitoring
1. The Emergence of Election Monitoring
2. The Expansion of Democracy and Democracy Promotion
3. Elections and Election Monitoring
Part II. International Election Monitoring
4. From Nongovernmental to Intergovernmental Organizations: Actors in International Election Monitoring
5. Jimmy Carter and the Popularization of International Election Observation
6. Toward "Free and Fair" Elections?
7. The Scope and Methodology of International Election Observation
8. Cambodia: Challenges to International Election Observation
9. Host-Government Manipulation of Observers: Elections in Zimbabwe
Part III. Domestic Election Monitoring
10. The Origins of Domestic Election Monitoring: NAMFREL and Its Successors
11. Domestic Election Monitoring as an End and a Means
12. Foreign Support for Domestic Election Monitoring in Indonesia: Missed Opportunities and Unintended Consequences
13. Verifying the Vote Count: Quick Counts, Parallel Tabulations, and Exit Polls in Macedonia and Indonesia
Part IV. Toward More Meaningful International Election Monitoring
14. Toward More Meaningful International Election Monitoring
Appendix: Elections and Election Monitoring in Newly Democratic and Semiauthoritarian Countries
Notes
Index

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