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Series Theme: Elections, Democracy and Autocracy

Elections, Democracy and Autocracy is a new book series designed for researchers, teachers, students of political science and practitioners that deals with the quality of elections, how and why electoral contests fall short of international standards, and the implications of flawed elections for democracy and autocracy. Global in scope, books in the series emphasize comparative analysis using a variety of methodological and disciplinary approaches. The series is published in association with the Electoral Integrity Project.  

The series is edited by Professor Pippa Norris, at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney and Dr Carolien van Ham at the University of New South Wales.

Research monographs and edited books in the series emphasize comparative analysis, regional or global in scope, covering a wide variety of political regimes including electoral autocracies, hybrid regimes, and established democracies, using a variety of methodological and disciplinary approaches. The series is published in association with the Electoral Integrity Project. 

Sub-themes include:

  1. Dimensions of electoral integrity. We welcome comparative research on specific aspects of election integrity, covering topics such as electoral laws and electoral administration, voter registration, political finance, campaign communications and media, gender equality and minority representation, electoral conflict and violence. 
  2. Why do elections fail and how to get elections right? This includes comparative scholarship on causes of election integrity and malpractice, with a concrete focus on how to strengthen election integrity, addressing topics such as conditions and types of institutional reform, electoral reform in post-conflict and authoritarian settings, the role of domestic actors in promoting election integrity, and the role of the international community in technical assistance and democracy promotion. 
  3. How do flawed elections affect democracy and autocracy? Cross-national studies on the consequences of election quality for democracy and autocracy are welcome, speaking to themes such as the impact of electoral malpractice on legitimacy, political trust and participation, the effect of flawed elections on protest, violence and regime stability, as well as research on how flawed elections help to sustain authoritarian regimes, and the role of election quality in explaining democratic reversal. 

Submission process for new book proposals

The series welcomes original empirical research on these themes. Submissions should contain a book prospectus, a short bio of contributor(s), and one or two sample chapters. 

To ensure the highest standard of academic quality, all submissions are subject to independent peer-review and editorial approval.

Please submit  your proposal using this form. 

Forthcoming Books for 2017 

Electoral Rights in Europe: Advances and Challenges                                                    

This book explores - in both theory and practice, from the perspective of a number of different social science disciplines - the ways in which the election of politicians can be made more fair and credible by adopting a human rights approach to electoral conduct. It discusses existing international standards for the conduct of elections, and presents a number of case studies - relating to jurisdictions within Europe and especially those emerging from conflict or from an authoritarian past - which demonstrate how problems occur and be addressed.

Helen Hardman is Lecturer in Transformation and European Integration, CEES, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK.

Brice Dickson is Professor of International and Comparative Law at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. 

Electoral Integrity and Political Regimes: Actors, Strategies and Consequences

This book examines challenges to electoral integrity, the actor involved, and shows the consequences of electoral malpractice and poor electoral integrity can vary by regime. Looking specifically at questions of political efficacy and turnout, the threat of electoral violence and protest, and finally, the possibility of regime change, it seeks to expand the scholarly understanding of electoral integrity and diverse regimes by exploring the diversity of challenges to electoral integrity, the diversity of actors that are involved and the diversity of consequences that can result.

Holly Ann Garnett is based at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Margarita Zavadskaya is based at the European University Institute in Fiesole, Italy and European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia.

State Capacity, Economic Control, and Authoritarian Elections                                             

This book represents the first comprehensive study of authoritarian elections that focuses on the differing conditions under which authoritarian elections occur. It demonstrates that the capacities available to authoritarian rulers shape the effect of authoritarian elections and shows that higher levels of administrative and coercive capacity and control over the economy increase the probability that authoritarian multi-party elections will stabilize the regime.

Merete Bech Seeberg is Assistant Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Comparative Electoral Management: Performance, Networks and Instruments

This book provides the first comparative monograph of the stewardship of elections. Uniquely, it advances a sociological rather than legal approach to the study electoral management and provides a new typology for cross national use drawing from an analysis of the international community.

Toby S. James is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, UK.

Published books

Contentious Elections: From Ballots to Barricades

From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe the world has witnessed a rising tide of contentious elections ending in heated partisan debates, court challenges, street protests, and legitimacy challenges. To analyze these issues, the editors, from the Electoral Integrity Project, bring together scholars considering a range of fresh evidence– analyzing public opinion surveys of confidence in elections and voter turnout within specific countries, as well as expert perceptions of the existence of peaceful electoral demonstrations, and survey and aggregate data monitoring outbreaks of electoral violence. Understanding this process is of vital concern for domestic reformers and the international community, as well as attracting a growing new research agenda.


Pippa Norris is the Maguire Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Harvard University, Professor of Government, University of Sydney, and founding Director of the Electoral Integrity Project.


Richard W. Frank is a Lecturer in International Relations, Australian National University.


Ferran Martinez I Coma is a Lecturer in Government, Griffith University (from November 2016)