The Electoral Integrity Project is an independent academic project based at Harvard University and the University of Sydney. The EIP project is directed by the founding Director, Professor Pippa Norris, and governed by an International Advisory Board. The project is administered by the EIP Project Coordinator, Ms. Alexander Kennett. The work has been generously funded by many foundations and partners, notably the Australian Research Council Laureate Award.
Aims and Objectives
Since its inception in mid-2012, the Electoral Integrity Project has focused upon three issues:
- When do elections meet international standards of electoral integrity?
- What happens when elections fail to do so?
- And what can be done to mitigate these problems?
EIP has sought to produce innovative and policy-relevant scientific research that achieves international standing in the social sciences and leads to a significant advancement of capabilities and knowledge about elections, democracy, and autocracy.
The project has used several strategies to achieve these objectives:
- Developing and deepening concepts and theories concerning the causes and consequences of electoral integrity;
- Gathering valid, reliable, and generalizable empirical evidence (through expert indicators, mass surveys, experimental designs, and case-studies) monitoring and comparing electoral integrity across and within nations; and
- Building a worldwide research community engaging scholarly and practitioner networks drawn from diverse disciplines, theoretical approaches, global regions, international organizations, and methodological techniques to advance knowledge of electoral integrity.
What we have achieved
The EIP has established a productive track record of generating publications, datasets, and outreach activities (see the complete list of publications).
From July 2012 to December 2016, work on electoral integrity by staff and visiting scholars has generated ten books, 34 peer-reviewed journal articles and edited book chapters, eleven policy reports, many electronic datasets, and two special issues of scholarly journals (Electoral Studies and the Electoral Law Journal).
In addition, three further books are currently in press and forthcoming with major university publishers during 2017.
These outputs have attracted more than 250 scholarly citations to EIP publications, as well as hundreds of articles in the international news media.
Through outreach events around the world, including at the United Nations, and active engagement and partnership with international agencies, regional organizations, NGOs and EMBs providing electoral assistance, EIP has broadened understanding of international standards of electoral integrity and where countries fail or succeed in this regard.