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Advancing Electoral Integrity

Pippa Norris, Richard W. Frank, and Ferran Martinez i Coma


Many elections fail. The most overt malpractices used by rulers include imprisoning dissidents, harassing adversaries, coercing voters, vote-rigging counts, and finally, if losing, blatantly disregarding the people's choice. Administrative irregularities are also common, such as inaccurate electoral registers, ballot miscounts, and security defects. Flawed contests have triggered public protests and international criticism. It is time to take stock of these problems. This book addresses three related themes: what standards and evidence determine when elections fail? What strengthens effective, ... More

Keywords: elections, electoral fraud, electoral integrity, democracy, democratization, legitimacy, public protest, electoral registers, security defects, ballot miscounts

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199368709
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368709.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pippa Norris, editor
JFK School of Government, Harvard University

Richard W. Frank, editor
University of Sydney

Ferran Martinez i Coma, editor
University of Sydney

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When Do Elections Fail? Standards and Evidence

1 Introduction

Pippa Norris

2 Assessing Elections

Avery Davis-Roberts, and David J. Carroll

3 Methods and Evidence

Pippa Norris, Jørgen Elklit, and Andrew Reynolds

4 Expert Judgments

Ferran Martínez i Coma, and Richard W. Frank

Do Institutions Matter? Managing Elections

5 Election Monitoring

Ursula Daxecker, and Gerald Schneider

6 Constitutions and Election Management

Svitlana Chernykh, Zachary Elkins, James Melton, and Tom Ginsburg

Does Lack of Integrity Undermine Legitimacy?

12 Electoral Trust in Latin America

Arturo Maldonado, and Mitchell A. Seligson

13 American Attitudes Toward Election Fraud

Thad E. Hall, and Charles Stewart

Conclusions: What Is to Be Done? Policy Interventions

14 Lessons from the Ground

Eric Bjornlund, David Carroll, Staffan Darnolf, Annette Fath-Lihic, Aleida Ferreyra, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Pippa Norris, and Chad Vickery

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