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What do voters do when they like a local candidate from another party?

By André Blais, University of Montreal & Jean-François Daoust, University of Montreal  What is the story? In politics, what happens at the district level is still understudied compared to the national level. Paying attention to MPs and constituency politics seems to be in conflict with the traditional understanding of political representation. We focus on the […]

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Les législatives françaises de 2017 : Pourquoi la participation était-elle si faible et comment peut-on y remédier?

Par Filip Kostelka (cordinateur du projet Making Electoral Democracy Work) Note: Version en anglais se trouve ici. / English version is here.  Ce texte est une tribune publiée sur le site du journal Le Monde.    Le fort taux d’abstention constitue le résultat le plus frappant du premier tour des élections législatives de dimanche dernier. La participation […]

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The 2017 French Legislative Election: Why Was Voter Turnout So Low and What Can Be Done About It?

by Filip Kostelka, University of Montreal and Sciences Po, Paris Note: French version is here. / Version en français se trouve ici. /  This text was published in French as an op-ed  in the journal Le Monde.    The most striking outcome of the first round of the 2017 election to the French National Assembly is that less […]

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What is more important: winning or winning in a fair election?

By Jessica Fortin-Rittberger, Philipp Harfst, and Sarah C. Dingler (University of Salzburg) What is the story? Perceptions of electoral fairness have an impact on voters’ attitudes and behaviour. Consequently, we believe that electoral malpractice will negatively affect citizens’ satisfaction with democracy. In a recently published article in the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties […]

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Voter Turnout and Social Fractionalization

By Ignacio Lago (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Sandra Bermúdez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Marc Guinjoan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), and Pablo Simón (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid). Research question Social fractionalisation has been omitted in most influential cross-sectional studies on turnout, and when it has been included, evidence is, at best, mixed, The purpose of this article is […]

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Voting for two different parties in mixed-member systems  

By Pedro Riera (University Carlos III, Madrid), and Damien Bol (King’s College London). What is the story? In some countries, voters have two votes: (1) a ‘candidate vote’ usually in a single-member district like in the UK, and (2) a ‘party-list vote’ in a multi-member district like in Spain. These are called mixed-member systems. A […]

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Party Mobilization and Electoral Systems

 By Ignacio Lago (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) & al.  Research question Electoral systems scholarship has extensively researched how electoral systems affect voting and parties’ entry decisions. However, we have almost no insight into how electoral systems shape the strategies adopted by political parties in election campaigns. The goal of our study is to explore how district magnitude and […]

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Anti-Elite and Anti-Corruption Appeals of European Political Parties

By The CHES Team  What is the story? While democratic institutions are currently being subverted by populists both in Hungary and Poland, the 5 Star Movement and the National Front are leading the polls in France and Italy respectively, and the Brits opted for a “hard Brexit” after a clearly anti-elite referendum campaign. These are […]

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« Negative » personalization: party leaders and party strategy

By  Scott Pruysers, University of Calgary William Cross, Carleton University The Story Political parties are increasingly going negative in their campaign advertising and electoral messaging. At the same time, party leaders and candidates are becoming increasingly relevant to considerations of vote choice and to the electoral success of political parties. There is an increasing trend […]

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Call for Papers: Pre-APSA MEDW Workshop, San Francisco, August 30, 2017

André Blais, University of Montreal Filip Kostelka, University of Montreal The Event The Making Electoral Democracy Work (MEDW)  project calls for papers to be presented at a workshop held on August 30, just before the 2017 American Political Science Association (APSA) annual meeting in San Francisco. Proposed papers should deal with the core research themes of […]

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