DPI-416: Global Challenges of Electoral Integrity

Semester: Fall

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Pippa Norris


Day Time Location
First Day 9/6
Meet Day M/W 11:40 AM - 1:00 PM BL-1


When do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity? When do they fail to do so? And what can be done to mitigate these challenges? Electoral integrity reflects shared international principles and procedures of democratic elections which apply universally at any stage during the electoral cycle. Problems occur in electoral autocracies like Russia and transitional democracies like Kenya, but also in established democracies like the United States. Violations can include unfair restrictions on opposition parties, pro-government media, corrupt campaign finance, voter suppression, and vote-rigging. Violations can damage legitimacy, depress turnout, limit electoral competition, trigger violence, and undermine regimes. Reflecting a new research agenda and new techniques, we compare these challenges both worldwide and within the U.S., analyze their consequences, and determine what can be done to overcome these problems.