Comparative Electoral Management: Performance, Networks and Instruments

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

This book provides an important advance into the comparative study of the management of elections.  Uniquely, it advances a sociological rather than legal approach to the study electoral management. Early work on electoral management board (EMB) design has focused on the effects of formal-legal institutions such as the effects of making EMBs statutorily independent, but produced mixed results.

This book uses an original framework to re-conceptualise performance, networks and instruments in steering and running elections.  It uses these frameworks to provide suggest ways of improving the running of elections through an analysis of the international community, cross-national analysis and country based case studies.  It uses thick qualitative process tracing techniques, historiographical studies and surveys of electoral officials.

Two draft chapters can be downloaded from here.  All comments welcome as I’m currently finishing off the manuscript.

Contents page

Section I: Foundations

  1. Why Electoral Management Matters
  2. A Realist Sociological Approach

Section II: Governance Networks

  1. Electoral Management Governance Networks
  2. UK Electoral Management Governance Networks
  3. Comparative Electoral Management Governance Networks
  4. International Electoral Management Governance Networks

Section III: Evaluating Electoral Management Performance

  1. Existing Concepts and Evidence
  2. The PROSeS Framework
  3. Implementation Challenges

Section IV: Instruments

  1. Social Media
  2. Grey Literature in the Internet Age
  3. Conferences
  4. Centralisation
  5. Resources and Austerity
  6. Voter Registration Reform
  7. Human Resource Practices

Conclusions

  1. Conclusions

Bibliography