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Derailing Democracy in AfghanistanElections in an Unstable Political Landscape$
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Noah Coburn and Anna Larson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166201.001.0001

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“They Make Their Ablutions with Bottled Water”

“They Make Their Ablutions with Bottled Water”

Elites and the Decline of Accountability

Chapter:
(p.185) 8 “They Make Their Ablutions with Bottled Water”
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Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan
Author(s):

Noah Coburn

Anna Larson

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166201.003.0008

This chapter looks at the aftermath of the 2010 elections, in particular, and how the process has been manipulated at a national level by Hamid Karzai and other members of the ruling elite. Though Afghan politics has gone increasingly democratic over the years, it remains for the most part a ruse to assure the international community that Afghanistan is a “democratic country,” while the ruling elite engage in fraud, bargaining, and other corrupt practices. There was little constitutional incentive to keep executive power in check; as well, the international community had remained for the most part complacent as a jaded Afghan people faced blatant manipulations of the electoral processes, knowing that their votes counted for little, if at all.

Keywords:   2010 elections, Hamid Karzai, ruling elite, democratic country, Afghan politics, executive power, corrupt practices, international community, votes

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