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Why Elections Fail

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  • Date Published: July 2015
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107679023

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  • Unfortunately too often elections around the globe are deeply flawed or even fail. What triggers these problems? In this second volume of her trilogy on electoral integrity, Pippa Norris compares structural, international, and institutional accounts as alternative perspectives to explain why elections fail to meet international standards. The book argues that rules preventing political actors from manipulating electoral governance are needed to secure integrity, although at the same time officials also need sufficient resources and capacities to manage elections effectively. Drawing on new evidence, the study determines the most effective types of strategies for strengthening the quality of electoral governance around the world. With a global perspective, this book provides fresh insights into these major issues at the heart of the study of elections and voting behavior, comparative politics, democracy and democratization, political culture, democratic governance, public policymaking, development, international relations and conflict studies, and processes of regime change.

    • Offers a new theoretical framework comparing the structural, international and institutional reasons why elections fail
    • Tested theory empirically among diverse types of societies, using worldwide evidence
    • Establishes a new research agenda in comparative politics, electoral studies and voting behavior
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    • Date Published: July 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107679023
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction: why do elections fail? 2. Evidence
    Part II. Explaining Failures:
    3. Structural constraints
    4. International forces
    5. Institutional checks
    6. Electoral management
    Part III. Conclusions:
    7. Conclusions: lessons for strengthening electoral integrity.

  • Author

    Pippa Norris, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    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 the University of Sydney. 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 include Driving Democracy (2008), Cosmopolitan Communications (2009), Democratic Deficit (2011), Making Democratic Governance Work (2012) and Why Electoral Integrity Matters (2014). Her work has been recognized by several major international awards, including the Johan Skytte Prize, the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate and the Karl Deutsch prize.

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