Can think tanks have the cake and eat it too? CIPPEC’s dilemmas in promoting electoral reform in Argentina

[This post is part of an ongoing project of a book on project to study the challenges involved in communicating complex ideas. The objective of this project is to gain a greater and more nuanced understanding of the challenges and opportunities for research uptake among think tanks and policy research institutes in developing countries. This post has been written by María Page, Coordinator of the Politics and Public Management Program at CIPPEC.]

By Flickr user CatelncBA (CC).

This is a piece about how communicating a certain cause using specific tools can create change on the public policy level. Discussing electoral reform in Argentina and how that can be achieved, we will take a closer look at how the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC), a local think tank, advocated for the change – the adoption of the single ballot voing system in Argentina.

In Argentina, we use the French ballot voting system: each political party prints, distributes and supplies its own ballots during Election Day. The system worked fairly well while there were two main parties of relatively equal size, territorial outreach and resources. But after the 2001 socioeconomic and political crisis, extreme party fragmentation rendered the voting system archaic, ineffective and inequitable.

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About Maya Madkour
I am a Sociologist, eternal optimist, and spreader of joy. I was born in London, raised in Cairo, and call Dallas my home away from home; where I have been travelling for the past fourteen years. This blog is a place where we can share insights, learn, grow and master the art of life together.

3 Responses to Can think tanks have the cake and eat it too? CIPPEC’s dilemmas in promoting electoral reform in Argentina

  1. Hi friends, pleasant paragraph and pleasant urging commented here, I am really enjoying by these.

  2. Federico says:

    I ike it when people come together and share thoughts.

    Great blog, stick wit it!

  3. Zeinab Sabet says:

    Very useful indeed! Check out other posts under the same theme – critical thinking http://gdnetblog.org/tag/critical-thinking/
    You will find ideas from other countries in the Global South!

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