Category Archives: Blog

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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“Who is the best football player?” Researchers ask football fans

  On December 13, France Football will announce the best performing football player of 2016.  Researchers from the Making Electoral Democracy Work (MEDW) project and our international collaborators would like to learn about football fans. To this end, we are holding a simultaneous vote using three different voting systems. Who should be, according to football fans, […]

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Voter Turnout & Emigration: What Affects Transnational Electoral Participation?

Filip Kostelka, Université de Montréal & Sciences Po, Paris   What is the story? Migration flows to, but also within, developed democracies have kept intensifying since the end of the Cold War. Consequently, relatively large segments of democratic electorates currently live abroad. This raises the question of emigrants’ engagement in their motherlands’ politics. In a […]

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Putting parties and voters into the lab (at the same time!)

Damien Bol, King’s College London André Blais, University of Montreal Simon Labbé St-Vincent, University of Montreal What is the story? Lab experiments are increasingly popular to study elections. In a recent book published at Springer, we present the variety of voting experiments, in the lab and on the field, in showing their respective contributions to […]

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Come for the electoral systems, stay for the debate

by Katherine V. R. Sullivan, Université de Montréal There has been ongoing talk of a possible electoral system reform in Canada. But what are the various options and what would be their consequences for voters and parties? In order to offer insights on these questions, the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship and the Research […]

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I usually vote but I didn’t vote this time

By Alexandre Morin-Chassé, Université de Montréal Damien Bol, King’s College London The goal of our research project is to improve the quality of post-election survey data on electoral turnout by reducing abstainers’ tendency to lie. Usually, the turnout reported in post-election surveys is much higher than in reality, and this is partly due to abstainers […]

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Partisanship, Information, and Perceptions of Government corruption

By André Blais, Université de Montréal Elisabeth Gidengil, McGill Université Anja Kilibarda, Columbia University   What’s the story? Recent research suggests that trust in governments in postindustrial democracies has eroded. In fact, citizens increasingly believe that governments are unresponsive to their needs, and they frequently hold politics and politicians in low esteem. Perceptions of corruption […]

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