Fixing U.K. Failures of Electoral Management

James, Toby ORCID: (2013) Fixing U.K. Failures of Electoral Management. Electoral Studies, 32 (4). pp. 597-608.

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Concerns about electoral malpractice have been raised in many democracies in recent years because of errors made in the administration of elections by local election officials (LEOs). This article argues that adopting appropriate policy instruments to manage LEOs is an under-explored method for improving election administration and reducing electoral malpractice. The article provides a case study of the use of performance benchmarking schemes in the UK 2008–2010. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 74 LEOs from 41 organisations subject to newly devised performance indicators. The research demonstrates that performance benchmarking can encourage learning amongst local electoral officials and strengthen central control over them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: electoral management boards,electoral integrity,electoral malpractice,election administration,voter registration,performance management,benchmarking
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2014 09:42
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 04:21
DOI: 10.1016/j.electstud.2013.07.013

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