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Strengthening Electoral Integrity

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  • Author: Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts
  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107681668

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  • Today a general mood of pessimism surrounds Western efforts to strengthen elections and democracy abroad. If elections are often deeply flawed or even broken in many countries around the world, can anything be done to fix them? To counter the prevailing ethos, Pippa Norris presents new evidence for why programs of international electoral assistance work. She evaluates the effectiveness of several practical remedies, including efforts designed to reform electoral laws, strengthen women's representation, build effective electoral management bodies, promote balanced campaign communications, regulate political money, and improve voter registration. Pippa Norris argues that it would be a tragedy to undermine progress by withdrawing from international engagement. Instead, the international community needs to learn the lessons of what works best to strengthen electoral integrity, to focus activities and resources upon the most effective programs, and to innovate after a quarter century of efforts to strengthen electoral integrity.

    • Compares the strengths and weaknesses of agencies and programs with the threats and opportunities for electoral assistance
    • The theory is tested empirically with new data using worldwide comparisons
    • The trilogy establishes a new research agenda in comparative politics, development studies, electoral studies, and voting behavior
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    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107681668
    • length: 390 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus. 15 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction: Does Electoral Assistance Work?:
    1. The pragmatic case for electoral assistance
    Part II. Evaluating Electoral Assistance:
    2. What is electoral assistance?
    3. Evaluating effectiveness
    4. Threats and opportunities facing electoral assistance
    Part III. The Strengths and Weaknesses of Electoral Assistance Programs:
    5. Reforming electoral laws
    6. Strengthening women's representation
    7. Supporting independent media
    8. Regulating political finance
    9. Improving voter registration
    Part IV. Conclusions: Lessons Learned:
    10. Making electoral assistance work better.

  • Author

    Pippa Norris, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 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 Sydney University. She is the director of the Electoral Integrity Project. Recent books by this award-winning author include Driving Democracy (Cambridge, 2008), Cosmopolitan Communications (Cambridge, 2009), Democratic Deficit (Cambridge, 2011), Making Democratic Governance Work (Cambridge, 2012), Why Electoral Integrity Matters (Cambridge, 2014), and Why Elections Fail (Cambridge, 2015).

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