General Sessions on Electoral Integrity (GS05)

IPSA-AISP 25th World Congress of Political Science, 21-25 July 2018, Brisbane



  • GS05 General IPSA Sessions on Electoral integrity
  • Organizer: Prof. Pippa Norris
  • Coordinator: Megan Capriccio
  • When: 21-25 July 2018
  • Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
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  • Paper proposals deadline: CLOSED
  • Acceptance notification: 19 Jan 2018
  • Application for EIP travel awards (see below): 20 Jan 2018
  • Notification of EIP travel awards: 20 February 2018
  • Registration deadline: 10 April 2018
  • Paper submission deadline: 1 July 2018
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THE General Sessions PANELS ON Electoral Integrity  

The general session on electoral integrity (GS05) welcomes proposals for research papers drawing upon diverse methods, approaches, and evidence which address the causes and consequences of electoral integrity and malpractices, and what can be done to overcome these problems, in countries around the world.


Papers may choose to focus upon a wide variety of challenges on this topic. Elections are the heart of liberal democracies yet they can be derailed through numerous types of flaws and failures. In some, there are loud cries of fraud. Fake news is disseminated. Voting rights are suppressed. District boundaries are gerrymandered. Campaign finance provides a skewed playing field for parties. Independent media are muzzled. Citizens are ill-informed about choices.  Balloting is disrupted by bloodshed. Official records are hacked. Ballot boxes are stuffed. Vote counts are fiddled. Opposition parties withdraw. Contenders refuse to accept the people’s choice. Protests disrupt polling. Officials abuse state resources.  Electoral registers are out-of-date. Candidates distribute largesse. Votes are bought. Airwaves favor incumbents. Campaigns are awash with hidden cash. Political finance rules are lax. Incompetent local officials run out of ballot papers. Incumbents are immune from effective challengers. Rallies trigger riots. Women candidates face discrimination. Ethnic minorities are persecuted. Voting machines jam. Lines lengthen.  Ballot box seals break. Citizens cast more than one ballot. Legal requirements serve to suppress voting rights. Polling stations are inaccessible. Software crashes. ‘Secure’ ink washes off fingers.  Courts fail to resolve complaints impartially.  Each of these diverse problems can generate contentious elections characterized by lengthy court challenges, opposition boycotts, public protest, or, at worst, deadly violence. These challenges make democratic institutions more vulnerable, corrode public trust, and undermine electoral legitimacy. They heighten the threat of democratic backsliding, and authoritarian resurgence, in countries around the world.


Papers about these issues are welcome from diverse methodological approaches, regions and cases. Paper proposals should ideally specify (i) the importance of the core topic and questions to be addressed, (ii) the theory and propositions to be investigated, and  (iii) the evidence and research design, along with (iv) brief citations to the key literatures.


A limited number of travel awards will be available for selected applicants who have a paper accepted in these panels. The awards will provide a partial subsidy of up to AU$200 for travel by Australian residents and up to AU$500 for international travel. Priority will be given to younger scholars, those from institutions in developing countries, and women. Reimbursement will be made on submission of receipts and an expense claim after the event. The application process will be administered by EIP. 


Participants (paper-givers, discussants and chairs) for the EIP panels will be invited to an informal dinner at a local restaurant during the Congress.


Queries about the General Session on Electoral Integrity should be addressed to

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