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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS)

Anna Lührmann

Name
Anna Lührmann
Status
BGSS Alumni 2012
E-Mail
anna.luehrmann (at) hu-berlin.de

Dissertation Title

UN Electoral Assistance: Enhancing Democratization or Legitimizing Authoritarian Rule?

 

Abstract

International actors such as the United Nations provide substantial technical and financial support to elections around the world. Such electoral assistance aims at democratization through improving credibility and quality of elections. However, recent literature on authoritarian elections (Schedler 2006; Levitsky/Way 2010) casts doubt on this simple causal link. Authoritarian incumbents tend to manipulate elections in order to gain legitimacy while minimizing the risk of losing elections. In such contexts, electoral assistance might unintentionally legitimize authoritarian regimes. A mixed-method research strategy is applied to investigate this hypothesis – including quantitative analysis of an original dataset on UN electoral assistance (2007-2012) and two case studies with field research (Sudan and Libya).

 

Professional and International Experience

01/2013

Election observer in Jordan (NDI)

08/2011 - 04/2012

Consultant on Youth Political Participation (UNDP Regional Center Cairo/ Bureau for Development Policy New York)

03-06/2011

Parliamentary Development Specialist (UNDP Sudan)

02-12/2010

Elections Advisor (UNDP Sudan)

Since 07/2009

Guest Speaker at Workshops in Libya, Egypt and Sudan on Governance Issues

2002-2009

Member of German National Parliament (Bundestag)

1997-2003

Green Youth leadership positions at local, state, national and European level

 

Academic Development

05/2014

Visiting Researcher, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

2012-2015

Doctoral Researcher/ PhD Candidate, Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin

2011-2013

M.A.  “Research Training in Social Sciences”, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany) (in English)

2009-2011

Master of Science in “Gender and Peace”, Ahfad University for Women (Sudan)

2003-2008

Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences, FernUniversität Hagen (Distance learning University, Germany)

 

Conference presentations and publications

09/2014

Workshop Series on “The Power of Elections in Autocratic Regimes”, University of Sussex/ Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Topic: Explaining Variations in the Quality of Authoritarian Elections

08/2014

ECPR General Conference 2014, Glasgow, Topic: Enhancing electoral integrity: Under which conditions does UN electoral assistance contribute to the quality of election?

07/2014

IPSA World Congress of Political Science, Montréal, Topic:  Under which conditions do citizens have trust in transitional elections? The role of UN Electoral Assistance

04/2014

42nd ECPR Joint Sessions, Salamanca, Topic: UN Electoral Assistance: An Effective Tool to Legitimize Authoritarian Regimes?

02/2014

Interdispziplinäre Sudankonferenz, Universität Erfurt, Topic: Die Sudanesischen Wahlen 2010: Beitrag zu Demokratisierung oder zur Legitimierung autoritärer Herrschaft?

09/2013

French-German Research Forum on “Youth, Revolution and Recognition – The Role of the young generation in times of transition in the Mediterranean, Humboldt University Berlin/MMSH Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, 5-6 September 2013, Topic: From the core to the fringe? The Role of the Libyan Youth during and after the Revolution

06/2013

Electoral Integrity Project annual workshop on ‘Concepts and Indices of Electoral Integrity’, 3‐4 June 2013, Harvard University, Topic: International electoral assistance and the credibility of elections: Comparing recent elections in Sudan, Libya and Jordan

03/2013           

41st ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops, Mainz, Topic: International Support to Authoritarian Elections

01/2013

Jordan's Elections: Transparent but not Democratic. Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Palestine & Jordan. http://www.ps.boell.org/web/119-790.html

01/2013

Enhancing Youth Political Participation throughout the Electoral Cycle – A Good Practice Guide. UNDP. http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/democratic-governance/electoral_systemsandprocesses/enhancing-youth-political-participation-throughout-the-electoral/

 

Teaching Experiences

10/2013-2/2014

Teaching Assistant
Undergraduate course “Germany’s Political System in European Context,” taught by Prof. Silvia von Steinsdorff, Humboldt University Berlin (in English)

 

Training

07/2014

Mulitlevel Modeling

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

 

03/2014

Process Tracing

Hertie School of Governance, Berlin

 

11/2013

University Didactics

Short course for PhD students, BTS, Freie Universität Berlin

 

07/2013

Linking Theory and Empirical Research

Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences, WZB/ Humboldt University

 

06/2013

Short-Term Election Observation Training

Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF), Berlin

 

03/2013

Impact Evaluation Short Course

Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex (UK)

 

08/2011

Case Study Methods

Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection, University of Essex (UK)

 

Language Skills

  • German (Monther tongue)
  • English (Proficiency)
  • French (Good)
  • Spanish (Good)
  • Arabic (Basic)