Research Briefs

Our research briefs make cutting-edge academic research more accessible to practitioners and policy-makers working on election observation.

Below, you can find our first batch of research briefs as well as a report summarising the main themes and discussion points of the inaugural ELECTOR meeting held on 25 November 2021 in Brussels and online.



Research in Brief 1: How election observation makes politicians more responsive to local priorities
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This research brief summarises an article by George Kwaku Ofosu, analysing the implications of his findings for election observers.


Research in Brief 2: How to increase the impact of election observers’ recommendations
This research brief summarises three key pieces of research on the implementation and impact of the recommendations made by international election observation missions.


Research in Brief 3: The importance and implications of electoral commission independence
This research brief summarises three new pieces of research on the meaning of election commission independence and its implications for the quality of polls.


Research in Brief 4: How election observers can combat fake news and disinformation
This research brief summarises new and existing research on the impact of fake news and disinformation on election observation.

Research in Brief 5: Election observation during health crises and pandemics
This research brief summarises new and existing research on the impact of pandemics and health crises on the work of election observation missions. 

Research in Brief 6:  What we know (and don’t know) about election observation in 2021 
 This brief summarises the main themes and discussion points of the inaugural ELECTOR meeting held on 25 November 2021 in Brussels and online. 

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