Explaining electoral fraud in an advanced democracy: fraud vulnerabilities, opportunities and facilitating mechanisms in British elections

Eleanor Hill, Maria Sobolewska, Stuart Wilks Heeg, Magdalena Borkowska

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Abstract

Explanatory theories of electoral fraud are usually developed for new and
failing democracies. However, while rarer, electoral fraud does happen in advanceddemocracies. Because data on fraud in advanced democracies are scarce, single instances of fraud are studied in isolation and offer very little generalisability. This study uses a unique comparative dataset of 35 in-depth, semi-structured interviews from eight locations, only half of which experienced allegations of fraud. We show that theories of why and how fraud happens in developing democracies can be extended to an advanced democracy. We also provide a detailed description of two micro-mechanisms, which facilitate fraud taking place and thus provide a causal link between the structural vulnerability to fraud and the direct opportunities for fraud to take place. The case study of Britain focuses mostly on the biraderi structures within the British South Asian communities, but we offer ways in which these generalise
more broadly.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
Early online date19 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Electoral fraud
  • biraderi
  • Political parties
  • electoral campaigning

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cathie Marsh Institute

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