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‘Electoral Institutions and Popular Confidence in Electoral Processes: A Cross-National Analysis’

Birch, Sarah (2008) '‘Electoral Institutions and Popular Confidence in Electoral Processes: A Cross-National Analysis’.' Electoral Studies, 27 (2). pp. 305-320. ISSN 0261-3794

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There is a growing interest among comparative political scientists in electoral integrity, yet little is known about what motivates citizen confidence in the electoral process. This article explores the factors that shape perceptions of electoral conduct in a cross-national context, testing the hypothesis that institutional structures that promote a ‘level playing field’ at each stage of the electoral process will enhance the extent to which voters perceive their elections to be fair. The analyses carried out here are based on 28 elections that formed part of Module 1 of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems Project. Multilevel models including both individual- and election-level variables demonstrate that proportional electoral systems and the public funding of parties have positive impacts on confidence in the conduct of elections, while the formal independence of electoral management bodies is negatively associated with this variable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: electoral integrity; electoral systems; election administration; political support
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Carla Xena Galindo
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 13:08
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2012 11:42

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