State crimes against democracy (SCADS) in the 21st century: misfortune, faulty administration or mass political manipulation in Romania : a case study of the November 2014 presidential elections and their administration in the Romanian diaspora

Uibariu, Alexandra M. (2016) State crimes against democracy (SCADS) in the 21st century: misfortune, faulty administration or mass political manipulation in Romania : a case study of the November 2014 presidential elections and their administration in the Romanian diaspora. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The following thesis aims to assess the conduct of the November 2014 Presidential elections for Romania and their organisation in the UK-based diaspora under the theoretical cope of state crime against democracy. The research employed a case study examination of the voting administration by firstly assessing Romania's compliance with the international guidelines and recommendations regulating electoral processes. The conduct of the voting was then explored through an online questionnaire aimed at Romanian citizen aged 18 and above, and who lived in the UK at the time of the elections, regardless of their participation in the polling.
    The study revealed historical failures of the elected to uphold the political rights of Romanian citizens, where the balance between the officeholder's pursuit of individual achievement and democratic notions of collective wellbeing habitually comes to be tipped in favour of the former. As experienced by the eighty-six respondents, the November 2014 elections were yet another attempt of an incumbent Prime Minister to undermine popular sovereignty for gains of power. Despite Romania's self-proclaimed democracy and inclusive provisions for diaspora voting, the history of documented governmental efforts to manipulate the electorate, the lack of political determination to improve or introduce new voting procedures for geographically dispersed populations and he combined media and citizen narratives of the 2044 Presidential elections make a clear case that state crimes against democracy have been committed.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 09:25
    Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 09:57
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22364

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