The cost of elections: the effects of public sector austerity on electoral integrity and voter engagement

Toby S. James, Tyrone Jervier

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Concerns have been raised that insufficient funding has been affecting the delivery of elections in many countries. This paper presents a case study of England and Wales from 2010–2016. It demonstrates that many local authorities saw major real terms cuts and were increasingly over-budget. Those subject to cuts were less likely to undertake public engagement activities. State efforts to encourage voter participation may therefore be a casualty of austerity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-468
Number of pages8
JournalPublic Money & Management
Issue number7
Early online date10 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • Electoral integrity
  • electoral management
  • electoral registration
  • political participation
  • voter engagement

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