Losers: How What Happens When You Lose Determines the Quality of Democratic Politics
WHEN Wednesday | 23 Sep, 12:00 PM
WHERE Zoom online
Successful democracy requires a strong set of candidates who are willing to compete in elections. Since most candidates will lose in elections, democratic politics must provide positive incentives for candidates who know that they might lose. These include institutions that protect all candidates, independent arbiters of elections, and affordable campaigns covered by a fair-minded press. The most successful democracies can best be measured not by what happens to the winners but by the quality of the electoral experience for those who lose.
Quinn Mecham is an Associate Professor of Political Science at BYU and the Coordinator of the Middle East Studies/Arabic program in the Kennedy Center.