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Derailing Democracy in Afghanistan: Elections in an Unstable Political Landscape

Noah Coburn and Anna Larson


This book provides an in-depth portrait of Afghanistan's recent elections as experienced by individuals and communities, and reveals how the elections have actively contributed to instability, undermining the prospects of democracy in Afghanistan. It shows how, since the invasion of the country in 2001, researchers, policymakers and the media have failed to consider the long-term implications of the country's post-conflict elections. The book is based on fieldwork in provinces across the country and interviews with more than seven hundred candidates, officials, community leaders and voters. Th ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, post-conflict elections, political science, anthropology, democracy, international intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231166201
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231166201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Noah Coburn, author
Bennington College

Anna Larson, author