Comparative Electoral Management: Performance, Networks and Instruments

New Research on Individual Electoral Registration - Policy ImplicationsForthcoming and available for pre-order with Routledge as part of the Elections, Democracy and Autocracy Routledge Book Series.  

Although there are thousands of volumes on elections, few have considered the challenge of organising them.  This book presents the first comparative monograph on the management of elections.

It defines electoral management as a new, inter-disciplinary area and advances a realist sociological approach to study it.

The book presents a new, original framework to evaluate the quality of electoral management that can be used by academics and practitioners around the world.

It also presents a new framework for identifying who is involved in delivering and shaping the delivery of elections – and how this varies around the world.

Finally, book evaluates some of the policy instruments used to improve the integrity of elections.

These frameworks are applied through qualitative within-country process tracing techniques; historiographical studies; and, cross-national and national surveys of electoral officials.  This includes an analysis of the international community, comparisons of the quality of electoral management in Canada and the UK; and the evaluation of policy instruments such as voter registration reform, training and the funding of elections.

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 and democracy studies.

Contents page

Part I: Foundations

1. Why Electoral Management Matters

2. A Realist Sociological Approach

Part II: Performance

3. Existing Concepts and Evidence

4. The PROSeS Framework

Part III: 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

10. Centralisation

11. Human Resource Practices

12. Resources and Austerity

Part V: Looking Forward

13. Conclusions