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Electoral Malpractice$
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Sarah Birch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199606160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606160.001.0001

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The Manipulation of Vote Choice

The Manipulation of Vote Choice

(p.89) Chapter 5 The Manipulation of Vote Choice
Electoral Malpractice

Birch Sarah

Oxford University Press

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

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