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Inclusive Elections

Special Issue of Policy Studies (forthcoming in 2020).

This special issue was the product of the 2018 Electoral Management Network Meeting in at MIT, Boston.

  1. Introduction: The Case for Inclusive Voting Practices Toby S. James and Holly Ann Garnett
  2. Restoring Voting Rights: The Effects of Reversing Felon Disenfranchisement on Political Efficacy Victoria Shineman
  3. Are inequalities in representation lower under compulsory voting? Eric Guntermann, Ruth Dassonneville and Peter Miller
  4. Conceptualizing More Inclusive Elections: Violence Against Women in Elections and Gendered Electoral Violence Paige Schneider and David Carroll
  5. Electoral integrity, voter fraud and voter ID in polling stations: lessons from English local elections Toby S. James and Alistair Clark
  6. Implementing Voter ID: Lessons from Missouri, USA Joseph Anthony and David C. Kimball
  7. ‘Waiting to vote: the effect of administrative irregularities at polling locations and voter confidence’ Bridgett King
  8. Disability and Election Administration in the United States: Barriers and Improvements April A. Johnson and Sierra Powell
  9. Migrant Populations and External Voting: The Politics of Suffrage Expansion in Central America Kevin Pallister
  10. Inclusive voting practices: lessons for theory, praxis, and the future research agenda Toby S. James and Holly Ann Garnett

Comparative Electoral Management: Performance, Networks and Instruments

Toby S. James

London and New York: Routledge.

This book offers the first comparative monograph on the management of elections.

The book defines electoral management as a new, inter-disciplinary area and advances a realist sociological approach to study it. A series of new, original frameworks are introduced, including the PROSeS framework, which can be used by academics and practitioners around the world to evaluate electoral management quality. A networked governance approach is also introduced to understand the full range of collaborative actors involved in delivering elections, including civil society and the international community. Finally, the book evaluates some of the policy instruments used to improve the integrity of elections, including voter registration reform, training and the funding of elections. Extensive mixed methods are used throughout including thematic analysis of interviews, (auto-)ethnography, comparative historical analysis and, cross-national and national surveys of electoral officials.

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, international relations and democracy studies.

Chapter 1 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF

Chapter 4 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF.

Special Issue: Building Better Elections: Electoral Management and Electoral Integrity

This special issue was the product of the 2017 Electoral Management Network Meeting in Oslo, Norway.

  1. Electoral management and the organisational determinants of electoral integrity
    Toby S James, Holly Ann Garnett, Leontine Loeber, Carolien van Ham
  2. Building impartial electoral management? Institutional design, independence and electoral integrity
    Carolien van Ham, Holly Ann Garnett
  3. Evaluating electoral management body capacity, Holly Ann Garnett
  4. The cost of democracy: The determinants of spending on the public administration of elections,
    Alistair Clark
  5. Better workers, better elections? Electoral management body workforces and electoral integrity worldwide, Toby S James
  6. Conclusions: The new research agenda on electoral management, Pippa Norris

Electoral Integrity and Political Regimes: Actors, Strategies and Consequences.

London and New York: Routledge. Edited by Holly Ann Garnett, Margarita Zavadskaya.

Following a normative approach that suggests international norms and standards for elections apply universally, regardless of regime type or cultural context, this book examines the challenges to electoral integrity, the actors involved, and the consequences of electoral malpractice and poor electoral integrity that vary by regime type. It bridges the literature on electoral integrity with that of political regime types.

Looking specifically at questions of innovation and learning, corruption and organized crime, political efficacy and turnout, the threat of electoral violence and protest, and finally, the possibility of regime change, it seeks to expand the scholarly understanding of electoral integrity and diverse regimes by exploring the diversity of challenges to electoral integrity, the diversity of actors that are involved and the diversity of consequences that can result.

This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of electoral studies, and more broadly of relevance to comparative politics, international development, political behaviour and democracy, democratization, and autocracy.