Type
Livre
Titre
Cultures of Voting. The Hidden History of the Secret Ballot
Dans
Comparative Politics and International Studies Series
Auteur(s)
PELS Peter - Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (Directeur de publication ou de collection)
BRIQUET Jean-Louis - Centre de recherches internationales (Directeur de publication ou de collection)
BERTRAND Romain - Centre de recherches internationales (Directeur de publication ou de collection)
Éditeur
London : Hurst Publishers
Collection
Comparative Politics and International Studies Series
Pages
256 p.
ISBN
9781850657699
Mots clés
secret ballot, cultural history, norms, Mexico, Africa, France, United States, India, Iran
Résumé
EN
Drawing on examples from Mexico, Africa, France, the USA, India and Iran, this book presents an analysis of the cultural history of the West's democratic norms and practices and their imposition on other societies. The introduction of the secret ballot is thought to be an essential prerequisite of a genuine political transition and many donor countries and NGOs assure us that it leads inexorably to democracy and transparency. But the social history of the secret ballot, a fascinating cultural phenomenon, has rarely been investigated, till now. While it may indeed offer opportunities for broader participation in politics, on some occasions its introduction limited the electorate and excluded certain groups, while in others it precipitated violence and social discord.

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