Election Assistance in Times of Democratic Backlash

26 november, 14:00-15:30, Medelhavsmuséet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm

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The international community of Election Assistance (EA) practitioners has over decades built norms and principles for the support to free and fair elections. When properly applied, these principles contribute to more effective election processes. A new EBA study, ”Supporting Elections Effectively: Principles and Practice of Electoral Assistance” has mapped these principles, and systematically assembled the wider knowledge gained by this community of practitioners.

Given the ongoing wave of autocratization, however, there is an urgent need to update the principles. The influence of new technologies, the role of money in politics, deliberate undermining of elections and other challenges need to be dealt with. Revitalised arenas for knowledge exchange and for renewal of EA principles are called for.


  • Introduction, Helena Lindholm
  • Presentation, Therese Pearce Laanela and Sead Alihodzic
  • Panel discussion, Thomas Carothers, Staffan Smedby and Therese Pearce Laanela
  • Q&A
  • Final words, Helena Lindholm

Speakers and discussants:

Therese Pearce Laanela, Head, Electoral Processes, International IDEA

Sead Alihodžić, Senior Advisor, International IDEA

Thomas Carothers, Harvey V. Fineberg Chair for Democracy Studies & Senior V P for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Staffan Smedby, Head, Unit for Democracy and Human Rights, Sida

Moderator: Helena Lindholm, Professor of Peace and Development & EBA Chair

Language: English