Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project.

A  political scientist and public speaker, her research compares election and public opinion, political communications, and gender politics. She also served as Director of the Democratic Governance Group in United Nations Development Programme, NY and as an expert consultant to many international organizations such as the World Bank, Council of Europe and OSCE.  

Honors and awards

Her work has been recognized by the Karl Deutsch prize awarded in 2014 by the International Political Science Association to recognize a prominent scholar engaged in the cross-disciplinary research, the  Johan Skytte prize awarded in 2011 with Professor Ronald Inglehart for contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global contex, the Kathleen Kitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship awarded  in 2011 by the Australian Research Council, a 'special recognition' award by the UK Political Studies Association, a Doctor honoris causa for work 'at the forefront of global political science' by the University of Edinburgh, the Doris Graber award for the best book in political communications at APSA, and the Virginia Hodgkinson book prize from the Independent Sector.

Her current research focuses upon the Electoral Integrity Project, a major multi-million 6-year research study, supported by the Australian Research Council and other foundations (2012-2017). The project research team is based at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney.  

New and forthcoming publications

Books published during 2015 include Contentious elections (co-edited, Routledge, May) and Why Elections Fail (Cambridge University Press, July).  

Books published last year include Why Electoral Integrity Matters (Cambridge University Press), Advancing Electoral Integrity  (co-edited, Oxford University Press), and Comparing Democracies 4  (Sage, co-edited). 

The latest report from the Electoral Integrity Project, Year of Elections, 2014, evaluates 127 presidential and parliamentary elections held worldwide in 107 countries from 1 July 2012 to 31 Dec 2014.  The latest (August 2015) release of the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity dataset (PEI_3.5) is available for download from the EIP Dataverse.

New edited books forthcoming during 2016 are Checkbook Elections: Political Finance in Comparative Perspective and also Election Watchdogs: Transparency, Accountability, Compliance and Integrity.


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