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Routledge Studies in Elections, Democracy and Autocracy

About the Series

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 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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Comparative Electoral Management Performance, Networks and Instruments

Comparative Electoral Management: Performance, Networks and Instruments

1st Edition

By Toby S. James
November 11, 2019

This book offers the first comparative monograph on the management of elections. The book defines electoral management as a new, inter-disciplinary area and advances a realist sociological approach to study it. A series of new, original frameworks are introduced, including the PROSeS framework, ...

State Capacity, Economic Control, and Authoritarian Elections

State Capacity, Economic Control, and Authoritarian Elections

1st Edition

By Merete Seeberg
March 13, 2018

Although the phenomenon of authoritarian elections has been a focal point for the literature on authoritarian institutions for more than a decade, our understanding of the effect of authoritarian elections is still limited. Combining evidence from cross-national studies with studies on selected ...

Electoral Integrity and Political Regimes Actors, Strategies and Consequences

Electoral Integrity and Political Regimes: Actors, Strategies and Consequences

1st Edition

Edited By Holly Ann Garnett, Margarita Zavadskaya
September 21, 2017

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 ...

Election Administration and the Politics of Voter Access

Election Administration and the Politics of Voter Access

1st Edition

By Kevin Pallister
June 01, 2017

Democratic countries vary widely in the extent to which the administration of the electoral process facilitates voter participation, showing a great deal of variation in everything from voter registration to the casting of ballots. This book is the first systematic study to investigate why it is ...

Electoral Rights in Europe Advances and Challenges

Electoral Rights in Europe: Advances and Challenges

1st Edition

Edited By Helen Hardman, Brice Dickson
June 01, 2017

From the perspective of a number of different social science disciplines, this book explores the ways in which the election of politicians can be made more fair and credible by adopting a human rights approach to elections. It discusses existing international standards for the conduct of elections ...

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