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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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Investing in Electoral Management

Investing in Electoral Management

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(p.165) 9 Investing in Electoral Management
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Advancing Electoral Integrity
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Alistair Clark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199368709.003.0009

This chapter examines the common assumption that election quality suffers from lack of funding. This idea is widespread but is seldom tested and the relationship between electoral spending and electoral integrity remains unclear. This chapter draws upon an index of electoral administration derived from British election returning officers' performance standards data from the 2009 European elections. This index provides a considerably more nuanced overall picture of electoral integrity in Britain than previously available, adding a further tool for policy makers. The index is brought together with comprehensive data on the funding of election administration in Britain, compiled by the UK Electoral Commission, thereby testing the claim that resources matter for election quality.

Keywords:   election quality, electoral spending, electoral integrity, European elections, UK Electoral Commission

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