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Electoral Observation and Democratic Transitions in Latin America

Kevin J. Middlebrook, editor
ISBN: 978-1-87836-738-9
1998/245 pages
U.S.-Mexico Contemporary Perspectives Series
Distributed for the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California, San Diego


What impact has electoral observation had on transitions to democracy in Latin America, and what direction should it take in the future? In addressing these and related questions, the contributors to this volume examine the evolution of electoral observation strategies since the 1980s, the relative contributions that foreign and domestic observers can make to free and fair elections and to the democratization process more generally, and the principal lessons learned from electoral observation initiatives in Latin America during the 1980s and 1990s. In addition to essays examining the main elements and overall political significance of electoral observation, the volume includes chapters assessing such efforts in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.


  • Electoral Observation and Democratization in Latin America—Kevin J. Middlebrook.
  • Domestic Electoral Observation: The Practical Lessons—Santiago A. Canton and Neil Nevitte.
  • Monitoring and Mediating Elections during Latin American Democratization—Jennifer McCoy.
  • Electoral Observation and Democratization in the Dominican Republic—Rosario Espinal.
  • International Missions, Observing Elections, and the Democratic Transition in El Salvador—Tommie Sue Montgomery.
  • Electoral Observation and Democratization in Haiti—Henry F. Carey.
  • Electoral Observation and Democracy in Mexico—Sergio Aguayo Quezada.
  • Electoral Observation and Democratic Transition in Nicaragua—John A. Booth.
  • Electoral Observation and Panama's Democratic Transition—Margaret E. Scranton.