Fixing U.K. Failures of Electoral Management

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Concerns about electoral malpractice have been raised in many democracies in recent years because of errors made in the administration of elections by local election officials (LEOs). This article argues that adopting appropriate policy instruments to manage LEOs is an under-explored method for improving election administration and reducing electoral malpractice. The article provides a case study of the use of performance benchmarking schemes in the UK 2008–2010. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 74 LEOs from 41 organisations subject to newly devised performance indicators. The research demonstrates that performance benchmarking can encourage learning amongst local electoral officials and strengthen central control over them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-608
JournalElectoral Studies
Issue number4
Early online date20 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Electoral management boards
  • Electoral integrity
  • Electoral malpractice
  • Election administration
  • Voter registration
  • Performance management
  • Benchmarking

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