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The Manipulation of Electoral Institutions

Birch Sarah

in Electoral Malpractice

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199606160
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731693 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606160.003.0005

Series: Comparative Politics

The Manipulation of Electoral Institutions

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This chapter shows that the manipulation of electoral institutions is a powerful means of retaining political power while permitting electoral competition. It also demonstrates that the manipulation of electoral institutions is often combined in complex ways with other forms of electoral malpractice. More often than not, electoral legislation is altered so as to facilitate other forms of electoral manipulation and corruption. This suggests that a narrow legalistic approach to electoral reform is likely to be less successful than a more holistic approach that combines appreciation of power structures and resources at different levels of society and the political system.

Keywords: electoral laws; electoral institutions; electoral manipulation; electoral malpractice; electoral reform

Chapter.  7609 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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