Advancing Electoral Integrity

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EditorPippa Norris, Richard W. Frank, Ferran Martinez i Coma

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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 humanrights, 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 voterregisters, 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 recentaccusations 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. Thisvolume 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 UnitedStates, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

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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 humanrights, undermining electoral credibility, ar...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 18, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of tables and figuresPreface and acknowledgmentsNotes about contributorsIntroduction1. Pippa Norris: Introduction: Challenges of Electoral IntegrityWhen do elections fail? Standards and evidence2. Avery Davies-Roberts and David J. Carroll: Assessing Elections3. Pippa Norris, Jorgen Elklit and Andrew Reynolds: Methods and Evidence4. Ferran Martinez i Coma and Richard W. Frank: Expert Judgments5. Ursula Daxecker and Gerald Schneider: Election MonitoringDo Institutions Matter? Managing elections6. Svitlana Chernykh, Zachary Elkins, James Melton and Tom Ginsburg: Constitutions and Election Management7. Antonio Ugues, Jr.: Electoral Management in Central America8. Toby S. James: Election Management in Britain9. Alistair Clark: Investing in Electoral ManagementDoes lack of integrity undermine legitimacy?10. Nicholas N. Kerr: EMB Performance and African Perceptions of Electoral Integrity11. Robert Mattes: Electoral Integrity and Democratic Legitimacy in Africa12. Arturo Maldonado and Mitchell Seligson: Electoral Trust in Latin America13. Thad E. Hall and Charles Stewart: American Attitudes towards Election FraudConclusions: What Is To Be Done? Policy Interventions14. 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 Muoz-Pogossian, Pippa Norris, and Chad VickeryIndex