The Effects of Civic Education and Electoral Observation on Voters During Violent Elections

This project investigates whether democracy promotion programs typically supported by international donors like the United States — namely, civic education and election observation — can affect citizens’ democratic attitudes and political behaviors in countries where violence has become a routine part of the electoral process. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research (NSF RAPID) grant, which was founded to award proposals having a severe urgency with regard to availability of, or access to data, facilities or specialized equipment, including quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic disasters and similar unanticipated events.

Researchers: Leonardo Arriola, Aila Matanock
Location: Côte d’Ivoire (Africa)
Timeline: August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017