Valery Shyrokov

PhD fellow

Valery Shyrokov is a PhD student at UNU-MERIT and has a background in teaching foreign languages. Prior to his PhD commitment, he served in the UN missions to Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, and DR Congo as Electoral Affairs Officer. From 1999 to 2007, he had worked in eleven OSCE Election Observation Missions as a Core Team member, and a long- and short-term observer. Most recently, he has worked in the European Union Exploratory Missions to Tanzania, Senegal, and Timor-Leste. From May 2012, he is an Election Advisor in the UN Support Mission in Libya. His PhD research deals with election manifestos and election commitments of winning presidential candidates in new democracies.

Area of interest:
Politics, Elections, Democratisation, Election Observation

Research title:
When Incumbents Have Incentives to Deliver on Their Campaign Programmes in Nations in Transit and Countries at the Crossroads, and Why

Main research question:
The research centres on incumbents’ incentives to honour campaign promises as laid out in their campaign manifestos in transitional countries

Candidates taking aim at the country’s highest political post are never moderate in making promises to voters while campaigning. Early democratic states with a short history of elections is a particularly benign environment for lofty promises and low deliverables. From a comparative perspective, I investigate what demotivates incumbents to deliver on the promised and how incumbents with low promise-action conversion rates achieve re-election.