Lunchtime Research Seminars

7 May, 2013
11.45 am - 1.30pm

Measuring Electoral Integrity


Dr Rich Frank

 Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma

        Chair: Dr. Rich Frank

 Discussant: Benjamin Goldsmith


Synopsis:We provide an overview of a new dataset measuring expert perceptions of electoral integrity. We provide a brief outline of our theoretical motivations for examining perceptions of electoral integrity and describe the survey’s research design and focuses on the crucial stages of question inclusion and expert selection. We also outline our initial empirical results as well as tests of the survey instrument’s validity, reliability, and legitimacy. We also shows how the individual responses can be aggregated into an index comparable to existing Freedom House and Polity indices while being much more transparent and robust. The conclusion argues that our PEI index adds to and compliments existing data sources analyzing election quality.

All university staff and graduate research students are welcome to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Location: The Boardroom, 276 Merewether Building (H04)