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Was my decision to vote (or abstain) the right one?

By André Blais, Fernando Feitosa and Semra Sevi, Université de Montréal  How do individuals, after the election, evaluate their decision to vote or abstain? This is the question our study examines in our recent publication in Party Politics.   Respondents were asked, right after the election, how satisfied they are with their decision to vote […]

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MEDW-APSA Mini-Conference on Political Behavior This Friday (September 1st) in San Francisco!

By André Blais (University of Montreal) and Filip Kostelka (University of Montreal; Sciences Po, Paris)    Political scientists from all over the world will present their research this Friday at a mini-conference on political behavior organized by the Making Electoral Democracy Work project in San Francisco. The mini-conference is incorporated in the American Political Science […]

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MEDW Survey Data Now Available in Open Access!

By André Blais (University of Montreal), Laura B. Stephenson (University of Western Ontario), Damien Bol (King’s College London), and Filip Kostelka (University of Montreal) on behalf of the MEDW Team   The MEDW team is proud to announce that all survey data from the Making Electoral Democracy Work project are now available in open access […]

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Duty to vote and political support in Asia

By Carol Galais, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya & André Blais, Université de Montréal  What is the story Although sense of civic duty is a well-known predictor of voting behavior, we do not know much about its foundations.  Hence the question: what are the psychological orientations that predispose citizens to believe that they do (or do […]

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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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