Comparative Electoral Management: Performance, Networks and Instruments

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The stewardship of elections, has tended to draw attention only where there are suspicions of vote rigging or electoral violence. However, evidence suggests that electoral mismanagement, characterised by delays in the count, inaccurate voter registers and queues at the polls are much more widespread than often thought. This book provides the first comparative monograph of the stewardship of elections. Uniquely, it advances a sociological rather than legal approach to the study electoral management. Using an original framework premised in the Anglo school of policy network analysis, it identifies the full range of actors involved in steering and running elections, the degree of consensus they have over policy and the strategies and tactics they have available to them. It uses this framework to provide a new typology for cross national use drawing from an analysis of the international community. It identifies the new challenges that post-industrial societies are facing implementing elections, arguing that elections, in many respects, are now more difficult to run than ever before. Finally, book evaluates the policy instruments that can be used to improve the integrity of elections arguing that we should rethink electoral management as a process driven by a policy network comprised of competing actor's interests, rather than an individual organisation. This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners interested and involved in electoral integrity and elections, and more broadly to comparative politics, public administration and democracy studies.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages322
ISBN (Print)9781138682412
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Elections, Democracy and Autocracy

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