Electoral Management Autonomy: A Cross-National Analysis from Latin America

Andrew Klassen

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Fair elections are fundamental to democratic legitimacy and an independent model ofelectoral management is often advocated to prevent rigged elections (Lehoucq 2002; Mozaffar 2002; Pastor 1999b; Wall et al. 2006). Yet empirical research by Birch (2008) andRosas (2010) has counterintuitively demonstrated that the relationship between Electoral Management Body (EMB) independence and public confidence in elections is negative ormuted. I argue that the conventional independent model is insufficiently specified and therefore unsuitable for evaluating the merits of EMB autonomy. This paper tests aframework developed by Van Aaken (2009) which separates EMB independence intoinstitutional, personnel, financial and functional autonomy. Findings indicate that not alltypes of autonomy are important for perceptions of clean elections. Functional autonomyappears to be especially important, with personnel autonomy also important under someconditions. Conversely, institutional autonomy is negatively related with public perceptionsof clean elections. A random effects model is used to account for individual level responsesembedded within national level clusters. Data comes from Latinobarometer surveys, ACEElectoral Project, Intentional IDEA, and EMB websites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPapers from the APSA Conference 2012
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAustralian Political Studies Association (APSA)
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Political Studies Association 2012 Conference - Hobart, Australia, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 24 Sep 201226 Sep 2012
Conference number: 2012


ConferenceAustralian Political Studies Association 2012 Conference
Abbreviated titleAPSA


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