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ITV Leaders’ Debate – who won and why?

Election Debates’ expert panel will shortly start posting its assessment of who won the  ITV Leaders’ Debate, and why. This seven-person debate, spread over two hours covered a broad range of subjects, from the economy, to immigration, health, education and jobs. The one minute limit on each speaking turn kept things moving, but also denied the audience any serious … Continue reading

George Farah and Bill Moyers discuss candidate manipulation of presidential debates

George Farah, author of No Debate and executive director of Open Debates, talks to Bill Moyers from PBS about what’s wrong with US presidential debates. This 2004 interview can be viewed in three parts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In the interview, Farah discusses how the Commission for Presidential Debates (CPD) was founded by both Republican and … Continue reading

2010 Year in Review

2010 was a busy year: four debates (three UK debates and one Australian) with Election Debates’ quoted, cited and published in Australia, the UK and US. A partnership in Nigeria to run an Election Debates’ Workshop. Plus some great new judges added to our panel and more than 15,000 visitors. United Kingdom Debates There was … Continue reading

Nigerian Election Debates Workshop

The Debate and Development Resource Center Nigeria (DEDERC), in partnership with Election Debates, held an election debates workshop in Lagos on 25 and 26 November, 2010. The Workshop, sponsored by the Commonwealth Foundation, brought together 27 journalists and youth leaders for a two day training session on organizing election debates in their communities. The mission of … Continue reading

50th Anniversary of the Kennedy-Nixon Debates

On the 50th anniversary of the first debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, a Kennedy Library Forum was held with Kennedy advisers and journalists who covered the first-ever televised presidential debate. They reflected on the historic event and how presidential debates have changed over time. Tom Oliphant moderated. The panelists also responded to … Continue reading

Adjudication Criteria

We assess debates according to the World Parliamentary Debate Rules. These rules are used by the World Universities Debating Championships, World Masters and numerous national parliamentary competitions.  Judges will decide who won the debate and provide reasons for their decision.  Assessing persuasiveness comes down to two areas: matter (or substance) and manner (or style).  There are a … Continue reading

Statement of Purpose and Principles

Election Debates understands the value that debate can bring to individuals and communities. Our Purpose To improve the quality of election debate analysis To stimulate public discussion about election debates To educate the public about debates and the value of debate To develop relationships with media and debate associations Our Principles Independence: we will analayse debates … Continue reading

About Election Debates

This site is dedicated to improving the quality of election debates by critically assessing quality and performance. Visitors will find election debate opinions by some of the world’s foremost experts on competitive debate.  Our blogger judges include winners of prestigious international debate tournaments and authors of respected debate publications. Blogger judges come from Australia, North America, Europe, … Continue reading