Contentious Elections: From Ballots to Barricades

Contentious Elections: From Ballots to Barricades

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

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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe the world has witnessed a rising tide of contentious elections ending in heated partisan debates, court challenges, street protests, and legitimacy challenges. In some cases, disputes have been settled peacefully through legal appeals and electoral reforms. In the worst cases, however, disputes have triggered bloodshed or government downfalls and military coups. Contentious elections are characterized by major challenges, with different degrees of severity, to the legitimacy of electoral actors, procedures, or outcomes. Despite growing concern, until recently little research has studied this phenomenon. The theory unfolded in this volume suggests that problems of electoral malpractice erode confidence in electoral authorities, spur peaceful protests demonstrating against the outcome, and, in the most severe cases, lead to outbreaks of conflict and violence. Understanding this process is of vital concern for domestic reformers and the international community, as well as attracting a growing new research agenda. The editors, from the Electoral Integrity Project, bring together scholars considering a range of fresh evidence- analyzing public opinion surveys of confidence in elections and voter turnout within specific countries, as well as expert perceptions of the existence of peaceful electoral demonstrations, and survey and aggregate data monitoring outbreaks of electoral violence. The book provides insights invaluable for studies in democracy and democratization, comparative politics, comparative elections, peace and conflict studies, comparative sociology, international development, comparative public opinion, political behavior, political institutions, and public policy.

About Author

Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Laureate Research Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project. Richard W. Frank is Lecturer in International Relations, School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University and senior research fellow (non-resident) at the Electoral Integrity Project. Ferran Martinez i Coma is a Research Associate in the Electoral Integrity Project at the University of Sydney.


CONTENTS 1. Contentious Elections: From Votes to Violence Pippa Norris, Richard W. Frank, and Ferran Martinez i Coma Part I: Corroding Public Trust and Triggering Protest 2. Do Contentious Elections Depress Turnout? Olena Nikolayenko 3. Do Contentious Elections Catalyze Mass Protests? Alesia Sedziaka and Richard Rose 4. Do Contentious Elections Overthrow Leaders? Masaaki Higashijima Part 2: Catalyzing and Preventing Electoral Violence 5. Do Contentious Elections Trigger Violence? Patrick M. Kuhn 6. Do Referendums Resolve or Perpetuate Contention? Katherine Collin Conclusions 7. The Risks of Contentious Elections Pippa Norris, Richard W. Frank, and Ferran Martinez i Coma

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  • ISBN13: 9781138853034
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9781138853034
  • weight: 272
  • ISBN10: 1138853038

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