Advancing Electoral Integrity

Advancing Electoral Integrity

By: Pippa Norris (editor), Richard W. Frank (editor), Ferran Martinezi Coma (editor)Paperback

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Recent decades have seen growing concern about problems of electoral integrity. The most overt malpractices used by rulers include imprisoning dissidents, harassing adversaries, coercing voters, vote-rigging counts, and even blatant disregard for the popular vote. Serious violations of human rights, undermining electoral credibility, are widely condemned by domestic observers and the international community. Recent protests about integrity have mobilized in countries as diverse as Russia, Mexico, and Egypt. Elsewhere minor irregularities are common, exemplified by inaccurate voter registers, maladministration of polling facilities, lack of security in absentee ballots, pro-government media bias, ballot miscounts, and gerrymandering. Long-standing democracies are far from immune to these ills; past problems include the notorious hanging chads in Florida in 2000 and more recent accusations of voter fraud and voter suppression during the Obama-Romney contest. In response to these developments, there have been growing attempts to analyze flaws in electoral integrity using systematic data from cross-national time-series, forensic analysis, field experiments, case studies, and new instruments monitoring mass and elite perceptions of malpractices. This volume collects essays from international experts who evaluate the robustness, conceptual validity, and reliability of the growing body of evidence. The essays compare alternative approaches and apply these methods to evaluate the quality of elections in several areas, including in the United States, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

About Author

Pippa Norris is McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Harvard University. Richard W. Frank is Research Associate at the University of Sydney. Ferran Martinez i Coma is Research Associate at the University of Sydney.


List of tables and figures ; Preface and acknowledgments ; Notes about contributors ; Introduction ; 1. Introduction: Challenges of Electoral Integrity, Pippa Norris ; When do elections fail? Standards and evidence ; 2. Assessing Elections, Avery Davies-Roberts and David J. Carroll ; 3. Methods and Evidence, Pippa Norris, Jorgen Elklit and Andrew Reynolds ; 4. Expert Judgments, Ferran Martinez i Coma and Richard W. Frank ; 5. Election Monitoring, Ursula Daxecker and Gerald Schneider ; Do Institutions Matter? Managing elections ; 6. Constitutions and Election Management, Svitlana Chernykh, Zachary Elkins, James Melton and Tom Ginsburg ; 7. Electoral Management in Central America, Antonio Ugues, Jr. ; 8. Election Management in Britain, Toby S. James ; 9. Investing in Electoral Management, Alistair Clark ; Does lack of integrity undermine legitimacy? ; 10. EMB Performance and African Perceptions of Electoral Integrity, Nicholas N. Kerr ; 11. Electoral Integrity and Democratic Legitimacy in Africa, Robert Mattes ; 12. Electoral Trust in Latin America, Arturo Maldonado and Mitchell Seligson ; 13. American Attitudes towards Election Fraud, Thad E. Hall and Charles Stewart ; Conclusions: What Is To Be Done? Policy Interventions ; 14. Lessons From the Ground: What Have We Learnt? What Do We Do Next? Roundtable Discussion with Eric Bjornlund, David Carroll, Staffan Darnolf, Annette Fath-Lihic, Aleida Ferreyra, Betilde Munoz-Pogossian, Pippa Norris, and Chad Vickery ; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780199368716
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780199368716
  • weight: 422
  • ISBN10: 0199368716

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