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.
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]
Elections, Democracy and Autocracy is a book series designed for researchers, teachers, students of political science and practitioners that deals with the quality of elections, how and why electoral contests fall short of international standards, and the implications of flawed elections for democracy and autocracy.
Research monographs and edited books in the series emphasize comparative analysis, regional or global in scope, covering a wide variety of political regimes including electoral autocracies, hybrid regimes, and established democracies, using a variety of methodological and disciplinary approaches. The series is published in association with the Electoral Integrity Project.
The series welcomes original empirical research on these themes. Submissions should contain a book prospectus, a short bio of contributor(s) and one or two sample chapters. To ensure the highest standard of academic quality, all submissions are subject to independent peer-review and editorial approval.
For more information, visit www.electoralintegrityproject.com The series is edited by Professor Pippa Norris, at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and Dr Carolien van Ham at the University of New South Wales.