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Updated membership list (May 2016)

posted May 15, 2016, 2:52 PM by Pippa Norris

The section has just updated its current records of members, both those who have signed up online (176) and those who are active via our Facebook page (over 400). These lists are posted under 'Membership'. If you are not listed, and you would like to be on our mailing list for events and news, please complete the online form on the same page. There are no membership fees. Graduate students, and those presenting papers in Poznan in IPSA-ECP panels,  are especially welcome to join the network.

IPSA-ECP on Facebook

posted May 13, 2016, 6:53 PM by Pippa Norris

The research section now has over 400 active  members on our Facebook page. 

We'd like to feature more news about events, discussions, photos from Poznan, and so on. Please share your news: 

ECPR SEPT. 2016: EIP panel on "Strengthening integrity through electoral reforms"

posted May 13, 2016, 5:42 PM by Pippa Norris

7-10 2016, ECPR General Conference, Charles University, Prague

This panel will present original contributions that discuss the link between electoral reforms and the overall quality of electoral governance and integrity.   The panel is part of the section on “Changing political institutions: New perspectives in the study of reforms and their consequences”. Chairs: C. Bedock, D. Bol & T. Ehrhard. Papers will present evidence on the relationship between these two phenomena, either by looking at how policy reforms enhance electoral integrity (consequences of reforms) or how poor levels of electoral integrity and governance shape the conditions for subsequent policy changes (causes of reforms).  

CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS: Pre-APSA Workshop: "Challenges of Electoral Integrity" and "Using expert surveys"

posted May 13, 2016, 5:26 PM by Pippa Norris

Wednesday 31 Aug 2016, APSA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia

The 9th EIP Workshop includes a morning session featuring two open EIP panels on 'Challenges of Electoral Integrity'. 

Two afternoon session, organized by EIP and V-Dem, focuses on 'The construction and use of expert indicators in the social sciences: Challenges of validity, reliability and legitimacy.'

The submission of paper proposals for both sessions have been extended Deadline: 1 June 2016.
Indices and data-sets derived from expert surveys are increasingly used in comparative social science by private sector organizations, in evaluation research, and among NGOs and policy makers. 
Yet we still lack a common methodology to construct such surveys, as well as agreed technical standards and codes of good practice. For this afternoon workshop, we call for papers that use expert surveys to develop new ways of testing the validity of expert survey data; use meta-analysis to compare expert perceptual surveys standards, methods, and techniques in terms of validity, reliability and legitimacy to other sources of information; or propose codes of conduct and good practice for conducting expert surveys. Read more here.

New publications from International IDEA

posted May 13, 2016, 5:19 PM by Pippa Norris

For a complete list click here.
Check out these new publications from IDEA. For a complete list click here.

Poznań will host the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science

posted May 13, 2016, 5:17 PM by Pippa Norris   [ updated May 13, 2016, 6:00 PM ]

We are pleased to announce that the IPSA Executive Committee has selected the historic city of Poznań, Poland as the new host city for the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science to be held at the Poznań Congress Center from 23 to 28 of July, 2016. It will be the first IPSA World Congress to be held in Eastern Europe.

Poznań is one of the oldest cities in Poland, dating from the 10th and 11th centuries. It is an ideal location for the 2016 IPSA World Congress, as an affordable university town with a quarter of its population being students. The Adam Mickiewicz University, in particular, has a strong international presence. In 2008 Poznań hosted the 11,000 delegates attending the UN Climate Change Conference. There are good air connections to Poznań from European airports such as Copenhagen and Frankfurt as well as excellent rail connections, for example from Berlin and Warsaw. The Congress Centre is conveniently located for the many cultural offerings of the old city as well as for transport and hotels. There was strong support for the bid from the Polish Political Science Association. Read More

New release of the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity “Year in Elections, 2014” annual report and cumulative dataset 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2014.

posted Feb 17, 2015, 5:50 PM by Pippa Norris

New evidence gathered by the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP) has just been released in an annual report, The Year in Elections 2014, and the third release of the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity (PEI_3) dataset, available from Dataverse.

The project compares the risks of flawed and failed national elections, and how far countries around the world meet international standards. The EIP is an independent research project based at the University of Sydney and Harvard University, under the direction of Professor Pippa Norris. The Program Manager for the PEI survey is Ferran Martinez i Coma, with research assistance from Max Grömping.

The dataset is based on a rolling expert survey which now measures the integrity of 127 national parliamentary and presidential contests held from 1 July 2012 to 31 December 2014 in 107 countries worldwide. The third release covers almost two-thirds of all independent nation states holding direct elections for the presidency or lower house of the national legislature, and more countries will be included as elections are held in subsequent years, such as in Britain, Canada and Nigeria during 2015.

The evidence is derived from a global survey of 1,429 election experts. Immediately after each contest, the survey asks domestic and international experts to monitor the quality based on 49 indicators. These responses are then clustered into eleven stages occurring during the electoral cycle and summed to construct an overall 100-point expert Perception of Electoral Integrity (PEI) index and ranking.

The data files are released at the level of countries, elections and individual experts. Scholars are researchers are welcome to use the data for any publications. The suggested citation is: Pippa Norris, Ferran Martinez i Coma, and Max Grömping. February 2015. The expert survey of Perceptions of Electoral Integrity, Release 3 (PEI-3). Sydney, University of Sydney.

A full copy of the report is available at www.electoralintegrityproject.com  and data can be downloaded from:  http://thedata.harvard.edu/dvn/dv/PEI

One-day Pre-APSA Electoral Integrity Project workshop: 'What Works? Strengthening Electoral Integrity'

posted Dec 27, 2014, 11:50 AM by Peter Siavelis

Wednesday 2 September 2015, prior to APSA’s annual meeting: 9.00am – 7.00pm
This workshop features panels, papers, special roundtables and interactive workgroups addressing a wide range of issues, using a variety of methodological techniques and evidence, to determine ‘what works’ when seeking to strengthen electoral integrity.

For more information and registration see:  https://sites.google.com/site/electoralintegrityproject4/events-1/san-francisco-sept-2015

News from the Electoral Integrity Project

posted Oct 29, 2014, 10:24 AM by Peter Siavelis   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 10:35 AM ]

See recent updates from the Electoral Integrity Project, including a report on activities at the 2014 Australian Political Studies Association Annual Meeting and calls for the pre-APSA Seventh EIP Workshop to be held in San Francisco on 2 September 2015, immediately prior to APSA's Annual Meeting from 3-6 September.


Call for papers: Pre-APSA San Francisco Workshop

posted Sep 12, 2014, 7:40 AM by Pippa Norris

CALL FOR PAPERS San Francisco Workshop 2nd Sept 2015 on 

“What works? Strengthening Electoral Integrity”

The seventh EIP Workshop will be held in San Francisco from 9.00 am to 7.00 pm on Wednesday 2 September 2015, immediately prior to the American Political Science Association's Annual Meeting from 3 to 6 September 2015.

Co-sponsors: International IDEA and the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior (EPOVB) organized section

The Main Theme of the event will focus on 'Strengthening Electoral Integrity: What works?' - establishing systematic evidence about the most effective policy interventions for strengthening electoral integrity.

Proposal deadline:  1 December 2014.

Acceptance notification: 15 January 2015

Co-sponsors: The Electoral Integrity Project and the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior (EPOVB) organized section

Organizers: Pippa Norris (Harvard and Sydney Universities); Andrea Abel van Es (University of Sydney)

Theme: Recent decades have seen growing attempts by the international community and domestic stakeholders to strength electoral integrity. Nation-wide legislative elections have spread globally to all but a handful of countries worldwide, but nevertheless their quality remains problematic, with multiple flaws and failures evident throughout the electoral cycle.

What are the most effective policies and types of strategic interventions which improve rectify common problems and thereby improve the quality of elections?

A wide range of policies are available, including the following types of initiatives:

  1. Legal frameworks: Reforms to constitutions, legal and procedural frameworks governing elections, for example campaign finance reform or the diffusion of gender quota laws designed to produce more inclusive parliaments.
  2. Governance: Building the capacity, human resources, and administrative infrastructure of electoral authorities, including training EMB staff, auditing agencies, reform of civilian security forces
  3. Technologies: Implementing electronic and internet voter registration and balloting, the use of surveillance technologies, and the deployment of social media, such as crowd-sourcing
  4. Monitoring: Deploying international electoral observers, domestic election watch NGOs and party observers, using PEI and human rights indicators, and scrutinizing results based on techniques of forensic analysis
  5. Transparency: deploying exit polls, ‘parallel vote’ tabulations, and strengthening campaign news reporting by the independent media
  6. Accountability: improving legal adjudication processes of judicial appeal and parliamentary oversight of electoral authorities
  7. Campaigning: expanding the capacity for candidates and political parties to build grassroots organizations and campaign effectively, exemplified by training in mobilizing networks, fund-raising, public communications, and policy analysis for the pool of aspirants for elected office, for nominated candidates and for elected politicians
  8. Public reform campaigns:  Mobilizing political activism by political parties and civic society organizations, opposition boycotts, and peaceful mass demonstrations.
  9. International pressures: Using aid conditionality,  international economic sanctions, and diplomatic intermediation
  10. International standards: Strengthening global conventions, treaties, and guidelines on electoral rights in international and regional inter-governmental bodies, especially concerning the lack of appropriate standards for regulating campaign finance and campaign broadcasting,
  11. Evaluation methods: how do we know what works? What evidence and techniques are available to assess programmatic interventions? Can International IDEA’s State of Democracy assessment tool, survey research, process tracing case-studies, performance indicators, and randomized control experimental methods contribute towards this research?

Leading multilateral agencies and bilateral donors in the development community have provided technical assistance and aid for all these purposes and sought to identify ‘best practices’ from case-studies and evaluation reports. Electoral authorities considering new types of intervention have also commissioned consultants to produce applied policy research reports, such as ways to improve comprehensive and accurate voter registers, develop performance indicators, or deploy biometric technologies. A growing body of scholarly research has analyzed the effects of international election monitoring on electoral fraud in polling stations. Nevertheless little is known with any confidence about the pros and cons, and the systematic impact, of many common types of interventions seeking to address a wide range of problems throughout the whole electoral cycle.

This workshop therefore welcomes papers addressing these and other related policy relevant issues, using a wide variety of methodological techniques and evidence,  to determine ‘what works’ when seeking to strength electoral integrity. Empirical papers using observed and experimental data are especially welcome. To submit your proposal, please go to the project website (www.electoralintegrityproject.com) and use the form to submit the contact and affiliation details for author(s), the proposed paper title, and a short abstract. http://bit.ly/1oIoFXv

Papers should be designed to be roughly 8000-9000 words in length and the final version should be delivered by 1 August 2015.

The workshop will provide all participants with a buffet breakfast, refreshments and buffet lunch during the workshop, an early evening drinks reception, and paper-givers and discussants will be invited to an evening dinner in a local restaurant. Participants can take advantage of APSA annual meeting rates for hotels. There will also be a limited number of $200 travel awards available for graduate students, women, and international participants who are accepted to present papers in the program. All papers will be reviewed for possible publication after the event. Colleagues are also welcome to volunteer their services as chairs and discussants, as well as paper-givers. As well as thematic panels of papers, there will also be special roundtables and interactive break-out workgroups.

This event will be the seventh in a series of EIP workshops held since 2012 in Madrid, Harvard, Chicago, Manchester, Montreal, and Sydney, building a community of scholars and practitioners working on challenges of electoral integrity.

Any queries should be addressed to: electoralintegrity@gmail.com

Submit your paper proposal here.

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