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Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics : Stuffing the Ballot Box: Fraud, Electoral Reform, and Democratization in Costa Rica - Fabrice E. Lehoucq

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

Stuffing the Ballot Box: Fraud, Electoral Reform, and Democratization in Costa Rica

Hardcover Published: 24th June 2002
ISBN: 9780521810456
Number Of Pages: 296

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Stuffing the Ballot Box is a pioneering study of electoral fraud and reform. It focuses on Costa Rica, a country where parties gradually transformed a fraud-ridden political system into one renowned for its stability and fair elections by the mid-twentieth century. Lehoucq and Molina draw upon a unique database of more than 1,300 accusations of ballot-rigging to show that parties denounced fraud where electoral laws made the struggle for power more competitive. They explain how institutional arrangements generated opportunities for executives to assemble legislative coalitions to enact far-reaching reforms. This book also argues that nonpartisan commissions should run elections and explains why splitting responsibility over election affairs between the executive and the legislature is a recipe for partisan rancor and political conflict. Stuffing the Ballot Box will interest a broad array of political and social scientists, constitutional scholars, historians, election specialists, and policy-makers interested in electoral fraud and institutional reform.

'... the research is well designed and gives evidence of the authors' detailed study of the evolution of Costa Rican democracy.' Democratization
"A fascinating analysis of how electoral reform emerged in Costa Rica in a situation of competitive political pressures and the threat of civil war. A lesson in the unexpected benefits and costs of reform and in the way reforms, once in place, can endure as citizens and politicians learn their value. Costa Rica's positive experience with an independent body to oversee elections provides lessons for the United States and other countries grappling with the difficulties of running fair elections." Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University
"Stuffing the Ballot Box is that rare and important book that systematically studies a fundamental problem that is largely overlooked in the literature. The authors offer an original and analytically sophisticated assessment of the institutional and social incentives for fraud and for changes in voting rules. Lehoucq and Molina's study is much more than just an investigation of politics in Costa Rica. They offer a general explanation for corruption in voting and they provide a serious data set on allegations of vote fraud over a lengthy time period and across several voting districts in Costa Rica. As Costa Rica has undergone dramatic changes in its electoral system and in the likely incidence of fraud over the past century, the data provide a wonderful foundation for anyone interested in investigating electoral reform." Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Professor, NYU

List of tables and figures
Preface
Introduction
Electoral fraud during indirect and public elections, 1901-12
Institutional change, electoral cycles, and partisanship, 1910-4
Electoral fraud during the public ballot, 1913-23
Institutional change, electoral cycles, and partisanship, 1924-8
Electoral fraud during the secret ballot, 1925-48
Political polarization, electoral reform, and civil war, 1946-9
Conclusion: ballot-rigging and electoral reform in comparative perspective
Index
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ISBN: 9780521810456
ISBN-10: 0521810450
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 24th June 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61