Expert Perceptions of Electoral Integrity: A New Dataset
20 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2013
Date Written: August 21, 2013
Determining when, where and why elections succeed or fail is a matter of growing concern for the international community.
This paper presents the first results of a new study, based on an expert survey of Perceptions of Electoral Integrity. The August 2013 data-set includes 33 countries. This data facilitates comparison of an overall standardized 100-point PEI index for each contest, or the results can be examined in more fine-grained detail for eleven dimensions of electoral integrity, or for each of the separate 49 items.
The PEI index demonstrates high levels of external validity, internal validity, and legitimacy. Therefore PEI can address many research issues, as proving useful for scholars and policy-makers.
Keywords: elections, fraud, malpractices, integrity, measurement, expert surveys, comparative politics
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