Ryan Merlin Yonk

Utah State University

Ryan M. Yonk is the Research Director of the Rural Policy and Public Lands Center, and an instructor in the Department of Political Science at Utah State University. His books include Green V. Green, Direct Democracy in the United States, Nature Unbound, Politics and Quality of Life, and The Reality of American Energy. Dr. Yonk is the author of numerous academic journal articles and policy reports focused on the intersection of public policy, economics, and politics. Dr. Yonk received his PhD in Political Science from Georgia State University in 2011. He was previously a research assistant professor of economics at Utah State University and an assistant professor of political science at Southern Utah University.

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Among the most prized and revered democratic institutions are elections. Few other actions typify what it means to participate in the democratic process in the same way that turning up, casting a ballot, and then having that ballot be part of determining who will control power has. Indeed, elections are at the center of what we view as democracy and much ink has been spilled in attempting to explain just how essential the electoral action is to democracy. In this volume our authors explore elections both from an understanding of the systems that govern elections across both the developed and developing world, and from the perspective of the individual voter who participates in that system. Taken together these analyses provide an intriguing look into this core aspect of democracy.

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