Category: General Message
Subject: 2015 Electoral Integrity graduate student essay competition
The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and the Electoral Integrity Project (EIP; Harvard University & University of Sydney) call for submissions for the 2015 Electoral Integrity graduate student essay competition.
The award will be presented to the author (or authors) of an outstanding graduate student essay written in English, based on the paper’s significant contribution to the theory and practice of electoral integrity.
The theme for this year’s essay competition is in line with a workshop on electoral integrity held prior to the 2015 APSA annual meeting in San Francisco. This workshop, sponsored by EIP and the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior organized section (EPOVB), is titled “What Works? Strengthening Electoral Integrity” and it will explore the following question: What the most effective policies and types of strategic interventions which rectify common electoral problems and thereby improve the quality of elections?
Recent decades have seen growing attempts by the international community and domestic stakeholders to strengthen electoral integrity. Yet their quality remains problematic, with multiple flaws and failures evident throughout the electoral cycle.
Application instructions: Submissions must be received by 1 January 2015, papers are welcome from students enrolled in a graduate program.
Co-authored papers will be considered for the award, but only if all authors were graduate students during 2014. The winning paper will be selected by a three-person award committee.
The award recipient will be notified by 1 March 2015.
Award details: The author (or authors) of the winning paper will receive an award of $750 and a further award (up to US$1,000) for the costs of attending the award ceremony at an international meeting. The 2015 award will be presented at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in San Francisco, CA, 2 September 2015. The award recipient will also have the opportunity to present their paper at a relevant policy-makers conference (to be determined in consultation with International IDEA).