Following a normative approach that suggests international norms and standards for elections apply universally, regardless of regime type or cultural context, this book examines the challenges to electoral integrity, the actors involved, and the consequences of electoral malpractice and poor electoral integrity that vary by regime type. It bridges the literature on electoral integrity with that of political regime types.
Looking specifically at questions of innovation and learning, corruption and organized crime, political efficacy and turnout, the threat of electoral violence and protest, and finally, the possibility of regime change, it seeks to expand the scholarly understanding of electoral integrity and diverse regimes by exploring the diversity of challenges to electoral integrity, the diversity of actors that are involved and the diversity of consequences that can result.
This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of electoral studies, and more broadly of relevance to comparative politics, international development, political behaviour and democracy, democratization, and autocracy.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction [Margarita Zavadskaya and Holly Ann Garnett] Part I: Actors and Strategies 2. Do Methods of Fraud and Electoral Malpractice Evolve? Innovation and Learning Mechanisms in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan [Samuele Dominioni] 3. Electoral Governance in Latin America and the Behaviour of Oppositions [Gabriela Tarouco] 4. Election Quality, Democratization and Organized Crime [Sofia Jonsson] Part II: Consequences 5. Electoral Integrity and Voter Turnout in Contemporary Autocracies [Grigorii V. Golosov] 6. Electoral Integrity and Electoral Violence [Sarah Birch and David Muchlinski] 7. When Do Elections Subvert Authoritarianism? Electoral Malpractice and Variety of Post-Electoral Scenarios [Margarita Zavadskaya] Part III: Conclusions 8. Conclusion [Margarita Zavadskaya and Holly Ann Garnett]
Holly Ann Garnett is based at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her research confronts the challenge of strengthening electoral integrity around the globe by focusing on the design and practices of election management bodies.
Margarita Zavadskaya is based at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy, and European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia. Her research considers the political economy of authoritarian regimes and their persistence.