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Why Electoral Integrity Matters

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  • Date Published: June 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107684706
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  • This book is the first in a planned trilogy by Pippa Norris on challenges of electoral integrity to be published by Cambridge University Press. Unfortunately too often elections around the globe are deeply flawed or even fail. Why does this matter? It is widely suspected that such contests will undermine confidence in elected authorities, damage voting turnout, trigger protests, exacerbate conflict, and occasionally lead to regime change. Well-run elections, by themselves, are insufficient for successful transitions to democracy. But flawed, or even failed, contests are thought to wreck fragile progress. Is there good evidence for these claims? Under what circumstances do failed elections undermine legitimacy? With a global perspective, using new sources of data for mass and elite evidence, this book provides fresh insights into these major issues.

    • Offers a new theoretical framework seeking to explain the impact of electoral integrity on legitimacy, political participation, conflict and security, and regime stability and change
    • Theory is tested empirically among diverse types of societies, using worldwide evidence
    • Develops new concepts, presents new data, and sets a new research agenda in comparative politics
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    • Winner of the 2014 Karl Deutsch Award, International Political Science Association

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    07th Jul 2014 by Octaviogarciaramirez

    The electoral integrity approach holistically aligns with the aspirations of full democracy that citizens of XXI century built

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    • Date Published: June 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107684706
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Theories why electoral integrity matters
    2. Concepts
    3. Evidence
    Part II. The Problem of Flawed Elections:
    4. International concern about electoral integrity
    5. Public perceptions of electoral integrity
    Part III. The Consequences of Electoral Integrity:
    6. For legitimacy
    7. For political behavior
    8. For conflict and security
    9. For regimes
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    10. Conclusions: strengthening electoral integrity.

  • Author

    Pippa Norris, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
    Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at Sydney University. She directs the Electoral Integrity Project (www.electoralintegrityproject.com). Her work compares democracy and democratization, elections and public opinion, gender politics, and political communications. Recent companion volumes by this award-winning author, also published by Cambridge University Press, include Driving Democracy (2008), Cosmopolitan Communications (2009), Democratic Deficit (2011), and Making Democratic Governance Work (2012). In 2011, she was awarded the Skytte Prize and the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate. In 2014, she was awarded the Karl Deutsch Award by the International Political Science Association.

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