Covid and Elections – new case study on lessons from Ghana available

The covid pandemic has been a profound challenge to electoral integrity worldwide. Our research project on covid and elections, funded by UKRI, has been tracing developments worldwide and identifying best practices. Country cases are being published regularly, and the case study on Ghana is now available. Download: https://www.idea.int/sites/default/files/managing-elections-under-covid-19-pandemic-conditions-the-case-of-ghana.pdf Read all materials: Elections and Covid-19 —…Read more Covid and Elections – new case study on lessons from Ghana available

Covid and Elections – new case study on lessons from Spain available

The covid pandemic has been a profound challenge to electoral integrity worldwide. Our research project on covid and elections, funded by UKRI, has been tracing developments worldwide and identifying best practices. Country cases are being published regularly, and the case study on Spain is now available. Download: Case study on Spain Read all materials: Elections…Read more Covid and Elections – new case study on lessons from Spain available

How will English polling stations compare to international practices, during the pandemic?

(This text is being updated as new measures are announced/clarified). Last updated: 1st March 2020. We now know a lot more about how the local elections in England will take place, this May. There had long been speculation that they would be delayed, with some media reports claiming that a postponement had been decided. The…Read more How will English polling stations compare to international practices, during the pandemic?

Free to download: Comparative Electoral Management

My recent book on Comparative Electoral Management is currently free to download on Amazon as a Kindle book. Get it quick, before the flash-sale disappears. Please check Amazon in your respective country, but here is the UK link: Comparative Electoral Management: Performance, Networks and Instruments (Routledge Studies in Elections, Democracy and Autocracy) eBook: James, Toby…Read more Free to download: Comparative Electoral Management

Should the English elections be postponed (again)?

Drawing from our project with International IDEA on covid and elections, Alistair Clark and I called for urgent action to make the elections in England covid-ready: UK government has delayed elections longer than most countries – and England still isn't ready to hold pandemic votes in May (theconversation.com). I was also on LBC talking about…Read more Should the English elections be postponed (again)?

Call for Papers: The Legacy of Trump and Trumpism

The Trump presidency has been one of the most eventful and controversial in American history, with consequences for the governance and policy of the United States and beyond.   His time in office saw claims that the democratic norms were being undermined, the spread of Covid-19, and a changed approach in US foreign policy.  He was…Read more Call for Papers: The Legacy of Trump and Trumpism

When is it democratic to postpone an election?

When is it democratic to postpone an election? Surprisingly, there is very little political science/legal literature on this question. Sead Alihodzic of International IDEA and I provide an answer to this question in the Election Law Journal, and introduce a new typology of different types of postponement. Download it free, here: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/elj.2020.0642. And here is…Read more When is it democratic to postpone an election?