Countries around the world face common challenges of holding contests meeting international standards of electoral integrity. The Electoral Integrity Project focuses upon three main questions: 

  • When do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity? 
  • What happens when elections fail to do so?
  • And what can be done to mitigate these problems? 
The Project is an independent academic study with a research team based at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. For more details, see about this project. The website provides information about the research, sharing data, highlighting forthcoming events, publishing working papers, identifying links to useful resources, and news.  Pippa Norris - Director

San Francisco Workshop, 2 Sept 2015

The next one-day EIP workshop focuses on 'What Works? Strengthening Electoral Integrity.' The event will be held in the Grand Hyatt San Francisco Union Square (345 Stockton Street) from 8:30am to 7:00pm on Wednesday 2nd Sept 2015, prior to APSA's annual meeting 3-6 Sept 2015. 

The workshop is co-sponsored by the EIP project, International IDEA, and APSA's section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior. 

This program features panels and papers addressing a wide range of issues, using a variety of methodological techniques and evidence,  to determine ‘what works’ when seeking to strengthen electoral integrity.

Panels focus on monitoring international standards, strengthening electoral administration, improving transparency, legal reforms, the role of the international community, and campaign money and media. The lunchtime breakout work-groups, involving partners from major international organizations, will compare experience of a wide range of effective interventions.

There are no fees to pay but to confirm numbers, participants need to register in advance to attend. More details and register online:

Workshop organizer: Pippa Norris and Alessandro Nai
Workshop coordinator: Lisa Fennis


The Year in Elections, 2014 and PEI_3 released

Since its launch in July 2012, the project has monitored elections around the world, using an expert rolling survey on Perceptions of Electoral Integrity.

The third year of the data-set (PEI_3) and the annual report, The Year in Elections 2014, have been released.


PEI_3 evaluates the integrity of all 127 national parliamentary and presidential contests held between 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2014 in 107 countries worldwide. It is based on evidence from 1,429 experts. Highlights include:
  • During 2014, the 5 worst elections worldwide were in Egypt, Mozambique, Afghanistan, Bahrain and Syria (respectively),
  • During 2014, the 5 best elections worldwide were in Lithuania, Costa Rica, Sweden, Slovenia and Uruguay (respectively).
  • Elections in the United States scored lower than all other Western democracies. 
  • Electoral integrity is generally strengthened by democracy, development, and power‐sharing constitutions.
Authors: Pippa Norris, Ferran Martinez i Coma and Max Grömping.