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Election Watchdogs: Transparency, Accountability and Integrity

Pippa Norris and Alessandro Nai


Recent years have seen resurgent interest in the potential capacity of transparency—the public availability of information—to improve democratic governance. Timely, accurate, granular, and freely available information is generally regarded as intrinsically valuable, as well as having many instrumental benefits. In development, transparency and accountability are generally thought to help plug the leaky pipes of corruption and inefficiency, channel public spending more efficiently, and produce better services. In the field of electoral governance, openness about the rules and procedures, outcom ... More

Keywords: transparency, information, democratic governance, electoral governance, public trust, policymaking, accountability, WikiLeaks, Twitter, Google

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190677800
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190677800.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pippa Norris, editor
Maguire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Harvard University

Alessandro Nai, editor
Assistant Professor of Political Communication and Journalism, University of Amsterdam

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Part I Introduction

Part II Upward Accountability to the International Community

2 International Monitors

Craig Arceneaux and Anika Leithner

4 Electoral Reform

Ferran Martínez i Coma

5 Election Audits

Erica Shein and Chad Vickery 1 with Staffan Darnolf, Katherine Ellena, Emily Lippolis, Dan Murphy, Jed Ober, and Naomi Rasmussen

Part III Horizontal Accountability to State Actors

6 Election Management

Holly Ann Garnett

7 Constitutional Courts

Armen Mazmanyan

8 Poll Workers

Alistair Clark and Toby S. James

Part IV Downward Accountability to Civil Society

9 Domestic Monitors

Max Grömping

10 The Fourth Estate

Alessandro Nai

Part V Conclusions

End Matter