Prospects for Reform

Birch Sarah

in Electoral Malpractice

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

Series: Comparative Politics

Prospects for Reform

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The variety of strategies available, and the extent to which each of them is likely to be successful, is the topic of this chapter. The chapter starts with a conceptual overview of the different ways in which electoral malpractice can be and has been reduced, before considering case studies of each of the main modes of malpractice reduction. A final section seeks to derive lessons for policymakers. Electoral reform strategies are divided into top-down, bottom-up, and internationally-led strategies. It is argued that top-down strategies are the most likely to succeed, but that they are uncommon. Bottom-up strategies are risky, but under the right conditions they can lead to success. It is also argued that internationally-led strategies are only likely to be successful if they are combined with one of the other two types.

Keywords: electoral malpractice; electoral reform; electoral assistance; electoral governance; civil society; election observation

Chapter.  11916 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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