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CSES Announcement: Call for papers for workshop at IPSA 2012

May 25, 2011

Dear CSES colleagues,

We wish to inform you about the below call for papers for a workshop at IPSA 2012 which is co-sponsored by the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES).

Best regards,
David Howell
Director of Studies, CSES

IPSA (International Political Science Association)
Research Committee 23: Elections, Citizens and Parties
Chair: Pippa Norris, Harvard University
Vice-Chair: Donley Studlar, West Virginia University
[email protected]



The IPSA Research Committee 23 on Elections, Citizens and Parties (IPSA-ECP) is organizing a special one-day Workshop on the Challenges of Electoral Integrity which will be held in Madrid on Saturday 7th July 2012, immediately prior to the IPSA World Congress.

Lack of electoral integrity is a major challenge facing the world. This includes flaws in the conduct of elections, raising issues of transparency, accountability, accuracy and ethical standards. Problems of integrity can influence all stages of the electoral process from voting procedures, boundary delimitation, voter education and registration, party/candidate registration, campaigns, media, financing, voting, vote counting, to the declaration of the results. A growing body of research, by scholars and policy analysts, is starting to conceptualize the notion of ethical standards of electoral integrity and to examine techniques commonly used to manipulate electoral processes. Little is known, however, about the consequences of these practices for citizen activism and voting behavior, for feelings of political legitimacy, and thus for democracy.

The Workshop is co-sponsored by International IDEA, RC17 Comparative Public Opinion and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES).

Information about the Workshop Theme and the submission form for paper proposals are available at

The deadline for submission of paper proposals is 1st July 2011.