Election staff training: Tracing global patterns of institutionalisation

James, Toby S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5826-5461, Garnett, Holly Ann, Asplund, Erik and Campion, Sonali ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7050-5782 (2023) Election staff training: Tracing global patterns of institutionalisation. South African Journal of International Affairs, 30 (3). pp. 415-435. ISSN 1938-0275

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The safe delivery of elections is a pivotal international issue in an era of widespread concerns about global democratic backsliding. Despite this, there remains little research on the training provided to electoral officials – those responsible for delivering elections and democracy on the front line. This article introduces the concept of electoral training institutionalisation, which refers to the extent to which training is embedded into electoral processes by electoral management bodies. It then presents original data from a survey of electoral management bodies to give an overview of the global provision of training. An original index of training institutionalisation is developed from the dataset. These data are analysed to identify the patterns of training. The results suggest that training institutionalisation tends to be associated with the overall quality of democracy and economic development. Deepening the embeddedness of electoral training is recommended as a step towards the strengthening of electoral democracy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Part of issue: Safeguarding Election Management Bodies in the Age of Democratic Recession Funding information: This work was supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Uncontrolled Keywords: democracy,electoral integrity,electoral management,electoral training institutionalisation,poll workers,political science and international relations,sdg 8 - decent work and economic growth,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3320
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Policy & Politics
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
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Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2023 03:22
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2023 01:59
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/93544
DOI: 10.1080/10220461.2023.2269890


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