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Building Inclusive Elections

Toby S. James

Elections around the world are plagued with the problem of unequal levels of participation. This can have profound consequences for election results, representation and policies. This book focuses on the interventions that can be used to redress the turnout gap and other inequalities within the electoral process.

The book defines the concept of inclusive voting practices to refer to policy instruments which can reduce turnout inequality between groups and mitigate other inequalities within the electoral process. Studies from around the world then examine how policies can affect inclusivity on election day. This includes research on enfranchising felons and migrant communities; compulsory voting; voter ID requirements; voter registration practices; investment in electoral management; gendered electoral violence; accessible voting practices; and overseas voting. As a result, this book will be of interest to scholars of democracy, democratic theory and elections, as well as having major policy implications worldwide.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Policy Studies.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publish Date: Jan 29th, 2024
  • Pages: 188
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.69in - 6.85in - 0.42in - 0.74lb
  • EAN: 9780367509514
  • Categories: Political Ideologies - Democracy

About the Author

Toby S. James is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. He has published widely on electoral integrity, political leadership and the policy process. His books include Elite Statecraft and Election Administration (2012) and Comparative Electoral Management (2020). He is a co-convener of the global Electoral Management Network.

Holly Ann Garnett is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada and cross-appointed at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her research examines how electoral integrity can be strengthened throughout the electoral cycle, including electoral management, registration and voting procedures, election technology, civic literacy and campaign finance. She is a co-convener of the global Electoral Management Network.