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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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International Intervention and Aspirations of Representative Governance

International Intervention and Aspirations of Representative Governance

(p.217) 9 International Intervention and Aspirations of Representative Governance
Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan

Noah Coburn

Anna Larson

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter attempts both to look forward into Afghanistan's political future and to generalize some of the lessons of how the social sciences understand elections in other contexts as well. Afghanistan in itself is not ill-suited towards representative governance. Instead of relying too much on “hard,” quantitative data and treating elections as one-off successes or a hard and fast formula for quick democratization, the international community should take a more ethnographic approach in understanding the political landscape of a democratizing state like Afghanistan. How, for example, do the locals understand the voting process? Why do they get involved in politics at all? Perhaps identifying more closely with how the Afghans themselves perceive their politics can lead to the kind of progress the country really needs.

Keywords:   political future, social sciences, elections, representative governance, democratization, international community, ethnographic approach, Afghanistan

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