Qatar 2022: the world’s most autocratic World Cup venue?

Football fans face a moral quandary. Do they avidly follow the men's World Cup? Or boycott and stay away? The FIFA World Cup is one of the most anticipated sporting events in the world. But it is also being held in a country where serious concerns have been raised about human rights. These includes LBGTQ+…Read more Qatar 2022: the world’s most autocratic World Cup venue?

How does the quality of US elections compare globally?

How does the quality of US elections compare globally? Here's a mini-Vlog lecture briefing ahead of the 2022 November mid-terms. Key points: There is a long history of problems with US elections dating back to the foundation of the Republic. The US is middle ranking when compared internationally - and 16th amongst the Americas. Electoral…Read more How does the quality of US elections compare globally?

The UK Electoral Commission’s independence matters

The UK Elections Act 2022 gave the government of the day power to set a Strategy and Policy Statement outlining the strategic and policy priorities for elections and referendums. This document shapes the role, priorities and responsibilities of the Electoral Commission. In evidence to the UK Parliament I argue that this is removing the independence…Read more The UK Electoral Commission’s independence matters

The Global Democratic Recession and Electoral Integrity: Strategies for EMBs

The South African Electoral Commission hosted the Association of World Election Bodies' 5th General Assembly and International Conference Cape Town, South Africa. A key concern of the workshop was the democratic recession. I presented research developed with Holly Ann Garnett on whether there was an electoral integrity recession (look out for our forthcoming special issue of Electoral…Read more The Global Democratic Recession and Electoral Integrity: Strategies for EMBs

The Electoral Integrity Project in Montreal

The Electoral Integrity Project hosted two workshops in Montreal, ahead of the APSA 2022 Annual Workshop. The first event focused on electoral integrity around the world in collaboration with the ACE Network and Elections Canada https://www.electoralintegrityproject.com/2022-eip-global-workshop. I presented findings from the recent EIP Global Electoral Integrity Report. Speakers included: Electoral Integrity Project – Global Electoral…Read more The Electoral Integrity Project in Montreal

Global Electoral Integrity Report 2019-21 Published

The Electoral Integrity's Global Electoral Integrity Report 2019-21 was been published! The report finds that: Electoral integrity remains the highest in Nordic countries: Finland, Sweden, and Denmark.Regional disparity remains in electoral integrity, with some of the lowest scores found in Africa and Asia.Although electoral integrity continued to be generally higher in countries with much higher…Read more Global Electoral Integrity Report 2019-21 Published