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Monday Club with Dr Sarah Cameron 'Flawed Elections?'

You are invited to a Monday Club Lunch
with guest speaker

Dr Sarah Cameron

Flawed Elections? Understanding Electoral Integrity from Authoritarian Regimes to Advanced Democracies

Electoral Integrity Project Manager and Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Sydney

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Date: Monday 2 July 2018

Time: 12:15pm for 12:30pm - 2pm

Venue: JBWere, Level 42, Governor Phillip Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney

Price: $35.00, includes sandwich lunch & tea/coffee

Dress: Business Attire

About the talk: Almost all countries around the world now hold elections, although the quality of these contests varies considerably. Issues range from overt malpractices, such as imprisoning adversaries and rigging vote-counts through to more minor irregularities, for example inaccurate vote registers and biased media coverage. Whilst some of the greatest problems for electoral integrity are found in authoritarian states, or those navigating transitions to democracy, a range of challenges are also faced in advanced democracies. In the United States, district boundaries are gerrymandered to bias the results. In the United Kingdom, recent changes to voter registration processes meant that many eligible electors dropped off the register.

In this lunchtime talk, Dr Sarah Cameron presents an overview of the state of electoral integrity around the world across different types of political regime. This draws upon the work of the Electoral Integrity Project assessing the quality of elections since 2012, covering 285 elections in 164 countries to date. The talk will delve into challenges from recent and upcoming elections, including Malaysia, the United States midterm elections, as well as Australia.

The Electoral Integrity Project is an independent academic study founded in 2012, producing innovative and policy-relevant research comparing elections worldwide. The project is based at the University of Sydney and Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, directed by Professor Pippa Norris. The project has received numerous accolades, including the International Institutional Engagement Award.  For further information see: www.electoralintegrityproject.com

Biographical details

Dr Sarah Cameron is the Electoral Integrity Project Manager and Research Fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. A political scientist, her research examines elections and electoral integrity, citizen political responses to economic shocks, and Australian political attitudes and behaviour. 

She has contributed to several major studies on elections including the Australian Election Study and the Comparative Cross-National Electoral Research project. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book Electoral Integrity in America: Securing Democracy (Oxford University Press, with Pippa Norris and Thomas Wynter), and co-author of the major report on Australian elections, Trends in Australian Political Opinion: Results from the Australian Election Study 1987-2016 (with Ian McAllister).

Dr Cameron holds a PhD in Political Science and Master of Studies from the Australian National University, and a Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility from Ashridge Business School. She held a Visiting Fellowship in the Department of Government at Harvard University from 2015 to 2016. For further information see: www.sarahmcameron.com