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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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Electoral Management in Britain

Electoral Management in Britain

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(p.135) 8 Electoral Management in Britain
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Advancing Electoral Integrity
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Toby S. James

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368709.003.0008

This chapter examines electoral administration in the British case. Existing approaches to the study of electoral malpractice have focused primarily on how the strategic office-seeking behavior of incumbent rulers has led to defects in electoral practices. This chapter argues that problems can also occur through organizational failures in electoral management boards. The chapter offers a new framework for assessing EMB performance and a typology for identifying failures. The chapter then explores the environment in which policy makers and electoral officials run elections in the British case, using qualitative interviews. The study finds that new challenges and opportunities have emerged that require change and adaption. Elections are now implemented in an era of post-industrial, digital-era governance, and this makes organizational performance more difficult to achieve.

Keywords:   electoral malpractice, electoral management boards, EMB performance, Britain, elections, digital-era governance, organizational performance

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