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Advancing Electoral Integrity$
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Pippa Norris, Richard W. Frank, and Ferran Martinez i Coma

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199368709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368709.001.0001

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EMB Performance and Perceptions of Electoral Integrity in Africa

EMB Performance and Perceptions of Electoral Integrity in Africa

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(p.189) 10 EMB Performance and Perceptions of Electoral Integrity in Africa
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Advancing Electoral Integrity
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Nicholas N. Kerr

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368709.003.0010

This chapter analyzes the factors that influence citizens' perceptions of electoral integrity in terms of the performance of EMBs, the characteristics of the election environment, and citizens' individual attributes. The chapter evaluates these competing explanations using a multi-level analysis across eighteen African countries from 1999 to 2008. The chapter concludes that EMB performance strengthens Africans' evaluations of integrity, while electoral violence significantly lowers these perceptions. Moreover, perceptions of integrity are consistently lower among electoral losers as well as those who are more educated.

Keywords:   electoral integrity, EMB performance, perceptions of integrity, election environment

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