April, 2018

Recommended weekly reading

, Apr 18, 2018

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A new feature: links to some recent material that readers should find interesting.

Sri Lanka completes its upheaval

, Aug 19, 2015

Sri Lanka's new president succeeds in getting a parliament that's less likely to show loyalty to his discredited predecessor.

The limits of Europe, part II

, Jun 20, 2015

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Russia and Britain, for all their obvious differences, have the same sort of equivocal relationship with Europe: unmistakably European powers, but with interests and traditions that draw them elsewhere.

Close elections start the year

, Jan 19, 2015

The psephological year kicks off with presidential elections in Sri Lanka and Croatia, both upset victories by narrow margins.

Blair, Iraq and Afghanistan

, Jun 16, 2014

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The successful conduct of an election in Afghanistan provides an interesting counterpoint to Tony Blair's call for a new intervention in Iraq.

Another look at those Indian numbers

, May 26, 2014

India's election result would have looked very different under a proportional system. But in politics, perception quickly becomes reality.

The system produces an Indian landslide

, May 17, 2014

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Narendra Modi will lead India with a big parliamentary majority, even though most people voted for someone else. Don't expect the media to tell you such inconvenient truths.

Waiting on a big result in India

, May 13, 2014

India waits on results after the biggest election in the world's history. Exit polls suggest an opposition landslide, but perhaps shouldn't be taken at face value.

Election news from around the world

, Mar 28, 2014

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This week in our semi-regular roundup: news from Serbia, Slovakia, El Salvador, Maldives and Algeria.

Election preview: Maldives

, Mar 14, 2014

The Maldives Supreme Court has taken a hand in tomorrow's legislative election by sacking the heads of the Electoral Commission.

India sets up a big contest

, Jan 04, 2014

The Indian prime minister announces his forthcoming retirement, but this year's election will see his party have trouble extending its ten-year rule.

The electoral top ten for 2013

, Dec 31, 2013

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A review of the year's most interesting elections and whether they show us any general trends.

The last election roundup for 2013

, Dec 23, 2013

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A semi-regular feature, with news this week from Turkmenistan, Mauritania, Madagascar, Thailand and Austria.

Dealing with coup leaders – a lesson from Mali

, Nov 28, 2013

Mali's government unexpectedly sends armed soldiers to arrest a former coup leader, something that probably should happen more often.

Election roundup: Chile and the rest

, Nov 18, 2013

The week's election updates from Chile, the Maldives, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Maldives: yet another interrupted election

, Nov 11, 2013

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The continuing saga of the attempts to elect a new president in the Maldives.

Weekly election roundup

, Oct 21, 2013

A more or less regular feature. This week, updates from Germany, Austria, the Maldives, Luxembourg, Georgia and the Czech Republic.

Fundamentalism on trial in Bangladesh

, Jul 16, 2013

A controversial verdict from Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal has led to violent protests. The background is a complex mixture of war, religion and politics.

Another election roundup

, May 20, 2013

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Tying up some loose ends from recent electoral events, plus an advance look at next month's Iranian election.

A vote for stability in Pakistan

, May 13, 2013

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There were no big surprises in Pakistan's election, but the peaceful transfer of power to Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League is itself a major step towards modernisation.