Electoral management and the organisational determinants of electoral integrity

Toby S. James, Holly Ann Garnett, Leontine Loeber, Carolien van Ham

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Achieving the ideals of electoral democracy depends on well-run elections. Persistent problems of electoral integrity in transitional and established democracies have prompted a burgeoning literature seeking to explain the determinants of electoral integrity around the world. However, the study of the organisations responsible for managing the electoral process has been limited to isolated national case studies. This article opens up an interdisciplinary and international research agenda on the global study of the organisational determinants of electoral integrity. It defines the concept of electoral management and provides a framework to understand how electoral management body (EMB) institutional design, EMB performance and electoral integrity are related. Findings from new data derived from cross-national surveys of EMBs are described, providing new insights into how elections are managed worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-312
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


  • Electoral integrity
  • democratisation
  • electoral malpractice
  • electoral management bodies

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