Why Lack of Integrity Triggers Electoral Violence

26 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2013

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Pippa Norris

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); University of Sydney

Date Written: 2013


This paper seeks to determine whether, and under what conditions, electoral malpractices exacerbate electoral violence.

Unfair, corrupt, or flawed contests are predicted to undermine broader feelings of political legitimacy, thereby triggering popular protests and catalyzing electoral violence in repressive states.

Part I of this paper expands upon the theoretical framework and core propositions. Part II outlines the evidence, derived the NELDA dataset coding all national elections worldwide from 1945-2010. Part III presents the results. The conclusions summarize the key findings and considers their consequences.

Keywords: elections, integrity, fraud, violence, conflict

Suggested Citation

Norris, Pippa, Why Lack of Integrity Triggers Electoral Violence (2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper; American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2301339

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