Cultures of Voting: The Hidden History of the Secret Ballot

Cultures of Voting: The Hidden History of the Secret Ballot

By: Jean-Louis Briquet (editor), Peter Pels (editor), Romain Bertran (editor)Paperback

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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. Drawing on examples from Mexico, Africa, France, the USA, India and Iran, "Cultures of Voting" is an innovative analysis of the cultural history of the West's democratic norms and practices and their imposition on other societies.

About Author

Peter Pels is Professor of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam; Jean-Louis Briquet and Romain Bertrand are both researchers at CERI in Paris.

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  • ISBN13: 9781850658672
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9781850658672
  • ISBN10: 1850658676

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