Defining Electoral Integrity and Electoral Malpractice

Birch Sarah

in Electoral Malpractice

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606160
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731693 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

Defining Electoral Integrity and Electoral Malpractice

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The concept of ‘free and fair’ elections is one we are all familiar with, but analysis of the comparative and theoretical literature on electoral processes reveals that there is a lack of consensus as to the details of what constitutes a good practice in electoral administration or what is to be designated poor practice. This chapter considers how one might go about defining electoral malpractice—both in the abstract and in relation to good democratic conduct. A definition of electoral integrity is outlined on the basis of democratic theory; following this electoral malpractice is defined as the manipulation of electoral processes and outcomes so as to substitute personal or partisan benefit for the public interest

Keywords: electoral integrity; electoral malpractice; electoral administration; democratic theory; electoral governance

Chapter.  8220 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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