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Elite Statecraft and Election Administration

Bending the Rules of the Game?

Authors: James, T.

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The way in which elections are run is changing, as radical reforms or experiments have been introduced across the world. This book establishes why election administration might be used by political elites to win and maintain power. It identifies the role of elite interests in shaping election administration in USA, UK and Ireland.

About the authors

TOBY S. JAMES is Lecturer in the School of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia. He has published on electoral institutions and governance, political leaders and the policy process. He was previously a British Research Council Scholar in the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

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'Toby James has written an important book. Election administration has been a neglected subject but, as James demonstrates, by ignoring the intricacies of how elections are managed and run we are ignoring an important aspect of politics and power. As this well written and informative book demonstrates, the rules of elections affect the outcome and the book does an excellent job in drawing out attention to running of elections. It also highlights how, when thinking about constitutional reform we need to think about how citizens vote.' - Martin J. Smith, Professor, University of Sheffield, UK

'Elite Statecraft and Election Administration presents an innovative integration of election administration and politics to present a framework for evaluating administrative arrangements and for explaining when these arrangements will change. This book is important for understanding cross-national variations in the ways in which elections are run.' - Thad Hall, Professor, University of Utah, USA

The book makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of the politics of election administration. James makes a compelling case that election administration matters, that it can affect turnout or electoral outcomes, and that party elites seek to manipulate election administration to further their own interests. This is the first in-depth comparative examination of continuity and change in election administration in three different democracies (USA, UK, and Ireland). This is a masterful study.

André Blais

Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies

Université de Montréal


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Election Administration and Electoral Studies: Theories, Frameworks and Anomalies

    James, Toby S.

    Pages 1-24

  • Election Administration — a Tool for Political Statecraft?

    James, Toby S.

    Pages 25-61

  • The Statecraft Approach: Bringing Political Elites Back in

    James, Toby S.

    Pages 62-86

  • ‘Stopping the Vote’: Election Administration in the USA

    James, Toby S.

    Pages 87-124

  • ‘Modernising’ Elections? Election Administration in the United Kingdom

    James, Toby S.

    Pages 125-168

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eBook $89.00
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Hardcover $120.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-30842-8
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Softcover $105.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-33900-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Elite Statecraft and Election Administration
Book Subtitle
Bending the Rules of the Game?
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-03509-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137035097
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-30842-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33900-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 281
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