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National recovery and resilience: learning from elections during a pan

National recovery and resilience: learning from elections during a pan

Alistair Clark, GPS

Prof Toby James (UEA, PI), with Dr. Alistair Clark (Newcastle), and Erik Asplund (International IDEA), are working on an UKRI-funded project on the impact of COVID-19 on the conduct of pandemic elections. The project aims to provide practical insights as well as academic knowledge about how COVID-19 has impacted electoral rights around the world. This affects everyone registered to vote. Some countries have adapted their electoral processes well, and many have postponed elections, only to hold them shortly afterwards once pandemic circumstances allow. Voting procedures have been adapted, election campaigns reorganised and election observation missions affected. Although the longer term impact remains unclear, COVID-19 presents a lens through which to examine existing practice and potential improvements to electoral systems worldwide. Project outcomes include: in-depth case studies; a series of accessible Blogs; and, forthcoming, an open access book available to practitioners and academics.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences