Why Governments and Parties Manipulate Elections : Theory, Practice, and Implications

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/18/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Why do parties and governments cheat in elections they cannot lose? This book documents the widespread use of blatant and excessive manipulation of elections and explains what drives this practice. Alberto Simpser shows that, in many instances, elections are about more than winning. Electoral manipulation is not only a tool used to gain votes, but also a means of transmitting or distorting information. This manipulation conveys an image of strength, shaping the behavior of citizens, bureaucrats, politicians, parties, unions, and businesspeople to the benefit of the manipulators, increasing the scope for the manipulators to pursue their goals while in government and mitigating future challenges to their hold on power. Why Governments and Parties Manipulate Elections provides a general theory about what drives electoral manipulation and empirically documents global patterns of manipulation.

Table of Contents

Preface: more than winning
Introduction and overview
Electoral manipulation: what it is and how to measure it
The puzzle of excessive and blatant manipulation
More than winning: the consequences of excessive and blatant electoral manipulation
The strategic logic of electoral manipulation
The theory at work: evidence from case studies
Indirect effects of electoral manipulation: quantitative evidence
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