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Sydney Workshop: Electoral Integrity in Asia-Pacific: 28 September 2014

Challenges of Electoral Integrity in Asia-Pacific

Workshop: Challenges of Electoral Integrity in Asia-Pacific

When: 08.30 – 19.00, Sunday, 28th September 2014

Where: New Law School Building (F10), Rooms NLS 342 and NLS 340
            University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Registration: Registration for workshop only (no fees).
                     Registration for workshop plus APSA conference conference (fees apply)

Organizer: Max Grömping (University of Sydney) (max.groemping@sydney.edu.au)

Sponsor:  The Electoral Integrity Project (University of Sydney and Harvard University).

Aims: This one-day workshop seeks to review cutting-edge research on electoral integrity in the Asia-Pacific region, to strengthen networks among scholars and practitioners, and to identify challenges and opportunities for research and teaching in this emerging sub-field.

Synopsis: A rapidly-growing body of research by scholars and applied policy analysts is beginning to explore three core questions: when do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity? When do they fail to do so? And what can be done to mitigate these problems?

The evolving sub-field studying these issues, cutting across these conventional disciplinary boundaries, is characterized by its problem-oriented focus, global comparative framework, and use of pluralistic methods and analytical techniques. This includes research on problems of electoral integrity in the United States and other long established democracies, as well as in other regimes worldwide.

Deadlines: All participants need to register to attend the conference. The early bird deadline is 10 June 2014. Full papers need to be submitted by 1 September 2014.


Mock elections 2010 by Two2Travel, on Flickr
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Provisional schedule (as of 13 Sept. 2014)

Download the tentative program here.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

08.30

Welcome and introduction

 

 

 

 

 

09.00

EIW1

Comparative electoral institutions (Room NLS 342)

 

Chair

Max Grömping

University of Sydney

 

Speaker

Benjamin Reilly

Murdoch University

Elections and electoral reform in Southeast Asia

Speaker

Bridget Welsh

National Taiwan University

Contesting the Rules: Myanmar’s 2015 Election and Electoral Integrity

Speaker

Zim Nwokora

University of Melbourne

Outdated Political Institutions and Dynamic Political Engineering

Discussant

Nikolay Marinov

Mannheim University

 

10.30

Coffee Break

 

 

 

 

 

11.00

EIW4 (parallel session)

Money Politics (Room NLS 342)

 

Chair

Bridget Welsh

National Taiwan University

 

 

Speaker

Cesi Cruz

University of British Columbia

Social Networks and the Targeting of Vote Buying

Speaker

Chanintorn Pensute

University of Leeds

Vote Buying and Violence in Thai Provincial Elections

Speaker

Punchada Sirivunnabood

Mahidol University

Party Financing. Political Corruption and Elections in Thailand

 

Speaker

Arun Swamy

University of Guam

Welfare Policies Against Vote-Buying: The Role of Social Policy in Weakening Clientelism

 

Discussant

Max Grömping

University of Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

11.00

EIW5 (parallel session)

Electoral Violence (Room NLS 340)

 

Chair

Andrew Klassen

Charles Darwin University

 

 

Speaker

Steven Ratuva

University of Auckland

Paradoxes of Democracy: Post-election coups in Fiji

 

Speaker

Vasu Mohan

IFES

The role of EMBs in preventing election violence

 

Speaker

Amado Mendoza

University of the Philippines

Political violence and electoral integrity in the Philippines

 

Discussant

Richard Frank

University of Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.30

Buffet Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

14.00

EIW6

Electoral Integrity in Melanesia (Room NLS 342)

Chair

Arun Swamy

University of Guam

Speaker

Jon Fraenkel

Victoria University of Wellington

The Operation of the Alternative Voting System in Papua New Guinea

Speaker

Terence Wood

ANU

The Three Political Economies of Electoral Quality in Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands

 

Speaker

Armin Rabitsch

University of Innsbruck

Evolving democratization and international actors – case study Fiji

Discussant

Steven Ratuva

University of Auckland

 

 

 

 

 

15.30

Coffee Break

 

 

 

 

 

16.00

EIW3

Electoral interventions and reform (Room NLS 342)

Chair

Cesi Cruz

University of British Columbia

 

 

Speaker

Nikolay Marinov

Mannheim University

Process of Party? Explaining Foreign Interventions in Democratizing Countries with New Data

 

Speaker

Andrew Klassen

Charles Darwin University

Institutional design and perceptions of electoral fairness. Integrity is in the details

 

Speaker

Thiem Bui

University of Queensland

Elections in a communist party regime: Reform of Electoral Integrity System and Challenges in Vietnam

 

Speaker

Max Grömping

University of Sydney

The crowdsourced monitoring of elections: Assessing cross-national evidence

 

Discussant

Benjamin Reilly

Murdoch University

 

 

 

 

 

17:30

Drinks reception

 

 

 

 

 

19:00

Chairs, discussants and paper-givers will be invited to dinner at Thai Pothong restaurant in Newtown


Logistical details:

Please find more information on visiting Sydney - including information on accommodation, restaurants etc. - on the APSA conference website. The program of the overall conference is accessible here.

There are no separate workshop fees although participants are requested to attend for the whole workshop, if possible. The event will provide registered participants with refreshments, a lunch, morning and afternoon tea, an early evening cocktail reception and evening dinner. Register here for the workshop (no fees). The event will be held immediately prior to the Australian Political Studies Annual Conference at the University of Sydney.  Details are available at www.apsa2014.comWe invite all participants to also register for the full conference of the Australian Political Science Association. Register here for the general APSA conference (fees apply). 

A limited number of EIP awards designed to subsidize travel are available for workshop participants submitting a written paper by the deadline of 1st September 2014. The awards are up to $1000 for international participants and up to $400 for domestic participants.

In the selection process, priority will be given to paper-givers without other institutional support to subsidize travel, especially ABD graduate students, post-doctoral younger scholars under 30, women, and participants from developing countries.

The awards will be paid after the event upon submission of receipts.


Venue:

The workshop takes place in rooms NLS 342 and NLS 340 in the New Law Annex on Eastern Avenue, on the University of Sydney's Darlington/Camperdown campus.

New Law Annex, University of Sydney





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