Toby S. James
October 3, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 368 Pages - 26 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138682412 - CAT# Y265777
Series: Routledge Studies in Elections, Democracy and Autocracy
This book offers the first comparative monograph on the management of elections.
The book defines electoral management as a new, inter-disciplinary area and advances a realist sociological approach to study it. A series of new, original frameworks are introduced, including the PROSeS framework which can be used by academics and practitioners around the world to evaluate electoral management quality. A networked governance approach is also introduced to understand the full range of collaborative actors involved in delivering elections, including civil society and the international community. Finally, the book evaluates some of the policy instruments used to improve the integrity of elections, including voter registration reform, training and the funding of elections. Extensive mixed methods are used throughout including thematic analysis of interviews, ethnography, comparative historical analysis; and, cross-national and national surveys of electoral officials.
This text will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners interested and involved in electoral integrity and elections, and more broadly to comparative politics, public administration, international relations and democracy studies.
Part I: Foundations
1. Introduction: Why Electoral Management Matters
2. A Realist Sociological Approach
Part II: Evaluating Electoral Management Performance
3. Existing Concepts and Evidence
4. The PROSeS Framework
Part III: Governance Networks
5. Electoral Management Governance Networks
6. UK Electoral Management Governance Networks
7. Comparative Electoral Management Governance Networks
8. International Electoral Management Governance Networks
Part IV: Instruments
9. Voter Registration Reform
11. Human Resource Practices
12. Resources and Austerity
Part V: Looking Forward