How To Rig an Election | Book Discussion


There are more elections than ever before, and yet the world is becoming less democratic. This is the primary paradox presented by the authors of How to Rig an Election. Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas, two political scientists and preeminent experts on democracy and elections, examine how authoritarian leaders can gain and maintain political power by taking advantage of weaknesses in electoral systems. Using data collected from more than 500 interviews in 11 countries as well as a global data set of every elections held over the past 60 years, the authors lay out how gerrymandering, vote buying, repression, hacking, and ballot box stuffing are used by autocrats to ‘rig elections’ and what can be done to protect democracies.

This book discussion focuses primarily on the book and on the global state of democracy more generally. Leading the discussion is Justin Collier, PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. His research includes public diplomacy, nationalism, national identity, and ethnic conflict. The first 15 registrants from the Lewes, Delaware area to sign up can pick up a free copy of the book from the library. Note: all free copies of the book have been distributed. You may borrow a print copy or ebook from the Delaware Library System.

UPDATE: co-author Nic Cheeseman has agreed to join the first part of the discussion. If you have a question you would like the discussion leader to ask him, please email us.

We invite you to support the author by purchasing a copy of the book. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website.

NOTE: this meeting is being conducted through Zoom. You MUST REGISTER to receive instructions for joining the meeting.

This program is sponsored by Delaware Humanities and was funded by the “Why It Matters” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971