IFES Releases First White Paper on Electoral Fraud

Publication Date: 
15 Dec 2010

Publication Type:


As the topic of electoral fraud has gained prominence in the media and the international discourse, IFES is releasing a series of three white papers introducing a groundbreaking framework for deterring this corrosive practice.

Assessing Electoral Fraud in New Democracies: A Basic Conceptual Framework, the first paper in the series:

  • discusses the importance of focusing on fraud in new democracies;
  • provides a definition for fraud (as opposed to corruption or malpractice);
  • sheds light on the different agents who can perpetrate fraud and why it can be difficult to identify them; and
  • assesses how international democratic standards intersect with the prevention of electoral fraud

A PDF of the White Paper can be accessed here.

About the Author:

Rafael López-Pintor is one of the most respected and well-known names in the field of electoral analysis and technical assistance. He has led projects in more than 30 countries during his 20-year career. He was the main researcher and writer of a UNDP-commissioned policy book on electoral management bodies, co-authored a second UNDP book on the cost of elections, and has authored 10 books and many articles on democracy development. He is a tenured professor at Universidad Autónoma in Madrid.

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