A new international network for research on the management of elections was launched last month.
The Electoral Management Research Network aims to bring together scholars studying electoral management from around the world, providing a platform for sharing research findings and stimulating collaborative research projects.
It was formally launched at a workshop on “Building Better Elections” in Oslo as part of the ECPR General Conference. Papers were presented at the workshop by leading academics, but also representatives from organisations that included the United Nations, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the South Korean Electoral Commission. Topics included election management body design and organization, electoral assistance and dispute resolution, the use of technologies, convenience voting, and the regulation of new media. The papers can be downloaded from the network website.
The network is co-convened by Toby S. James (University of East Anglia), Holly Ann Garnett (The Australian National University and University of British Columbia), Leontine Loeber (University of East Anglia) and Carolien van Ham (University of New South Wales) and has been launched with support from the University of East Anglia.
The Network hosts a blog and wiki of knowledge on managing elections for researchers and practitioners on www.electoralmanagement.com. Information will shortly be available about the second workshop, which will be held at Harvard University in August 2018.