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Title: Making democracy legible? Voter registration and the permanent electronic electoral list in Benin
Authors: Piccolino, Giulia
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: © 2015 International Institute of Social Studies. Published by Wiley
Citation: PICCOLINO, G., 2015. Making democracy legible? Voter registration and the permanent electronic electoral list in Benin. Development and Change, 46(2), pp. 269-292.
Abstract: © 2015 International Institute of Social Studies.A core component of the infrastructural power of the modern state is the capacity to make its population 'legible', through the development of accurate registration and identification mechanisms. In discussing the relationship between democratization and state building, little attention has been paid to the electoral process as a technical process. Yet, the introduction of competitive elections presupposes the registration of voters and thus requires the development of the 'legibility' capacities of states. This is particularly evident in sub-Saharan Africa, where democratizing states have been confronted with the weakness of their existing records and forced to develop new mechanisms for registering voters in a reliable manner. This article looks at the experience of the Liste Electorale Permanente Informatisée (the Permanent Electronic Electoral List) in Benin and discusses the potentialities and limits of voter registration as a state-building tool.
Description: This paper is in closed access until 15th Mar 2017.
Sponsor: This article is part of the project “The economic, social and political consequences of democratic reforms. A quantitative and qualitative comparative analysis (Acronym COD, Grant agreement no.: 262873).
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/dech.12148
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/22706
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dech.12148
ISSN: 0012-155X
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