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

Stuffing the Ballot Box

Fraud, Electoral Reform, and Democratization in Costa Rica


Published: 24th June 2002
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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

List of tables and figures
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
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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