“UNCLE SAM WILL CAST HIS VOTE FOR...”: EXAMINING UNITED STATES INTERFERENCE IN FOREIGN ELECTIONS BETWEEN 1950 AND 2000
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AbstractFrom 1946 to 2000, the United States interfered in 81 foreign elections. While other forms of U.S. interference have been widely studied, electoral interference remains relatively un-researched. Similarly, the legacy of U.S. electoral interference has been under-discussed in conversations about foreign interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. This paper uses a comprehensive dataset of U.S. interventions into foreign election to examine the motivations of U.S. actors when they make the choice to intervene. Existing investment, security alliances, the condition of the target country’s institutions, and the history of electoral interventions are used to analyze the decision-making process. My findings indicate that a larger sample size could show the U.S. not only intervenes in states where ties already exist, but may also use electoral interference to build ties where there are none.
Degree ProgramPolitical Science