Chapter

The Manipulation of Vote Choice

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/9780199606160.003.0006

Series: Comparative Politics

The Manipulation of Vote Choice

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This chapter considers the manipulation of vote choice from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The chapter probes the correlates of voter manipulation (understood as the manipulation of campaign tactics, vote buying, and voter intimidation) by means of both large-N and case study analysis. Case studies are undertaken of the Malawian and Mozambican elections of 2004, for which relevant survey data are readily available. Corruption is found to be strongly associated with preference manipulation, while a free press impedes this process. There is also evidence to suggest that a vibrant civil society deters the manipulation of voters.

Keywords: vote buying; media manipulation; abuse of state resources; voter intimidation; Malawi; Mozambique

Chapter.  9500 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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