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Electoral Malpractice

Sarah Birch


Elections ought in theory to go a long way towards making democracy ‘work’, but in many contexts, they fail to embody democratic ideals because they are affected by electoral manipulation and misconduct. This volume undertakes an analytic and explanatory investigation of electoral malpractice, which is understood as taking three principal forms: manipulation of the rules governing elections, manipulation of vote preference formation and expression, and manipulation of the voting process. The study — which is comparative in nature — starts out by providing a conceptual definition and typology o ... More

Keywords: electoral malpractice, corruption, fraud, civil society, clientelism, electoral assistance, electoral reform, electoral observation, electoral administration, electoral governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199606160
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606160.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Birch, author
Reader in Politics, Department of Government, University of Essex