Electoral Integrity and Political Regimes: Actors, Strategies and Consequences, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Electoral Integrity and Political Regimes

Actors, Strategies and Consequences, 1st Edition

Edited by Holly Ann Garnett, Margarita Zavadskaya


150 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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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]

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Elections, Democracy and Autocracy

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.

Sub-themes include:

  1. Dimensions of electoral integrity. We welcome comparative research on specific aspects of election integrity, covering topics such as electoral laws and electoral administration, voter registration, political finance, campaign communications and media, gender equality and minority representation, electoral conflict and violence.
  2. Why do elections fail and how to get elections right? This includes comparative scholarship on causes of election integrity and malpractice, with a concrete focus on how to strengthen election integrity, addressing topics such as conditions and types of institutional reform, electoral reform in post-conflict and authoritarian settings, the role of domestic actors in promoting election integrity, and the role of the international community in technical assistance and democracy promotion.
  3. How do flawed elections affect democracy and autocracy? Cross-national studies on the consequences of election quality for democracy and autocracy are welcome, speaking to themes such as the impact of electoral malpractice on legitimacy, political trust and participation, the effect of flawed elections on protest, violence and regime stability, as well as research on how flawed elections help to sustain authoritarian regimes, and the role of election quality in explaining democratic reversal.

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.

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