Max Grömping is a PhD candidate at the Department of Government and International Relations of the University of Sydney, and Program Manager of the ‘Perceptions of Electoral Integrity’ (PEI) expert survey for the Electoral Integrity Project based at Harvard and Sydney universities. His doctoral research examines the drivers and consequences of domestic election monitoring. Other research interests include comparative political communication and comparative democratization – in particular the ability of ‘outside’ actors such as NGOs, social movements, and interest groups to influence media, public, and policy agendas. He also works on crowdsourced political participation, and the politics of ICT-afforded transparency and accountability, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia. Previously, he lectured at the Faculty of Political Science of Thammasat University, Bangkok.