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When David and Goliath campaign online: the effects of digital media use during electoral campaigns on vote for small parties

What is the story? A growing literature examines the effects of digital media on the fortunes of challenger parties. Challengers might have an advantage online given that digital technologies are making small contenders more visible compared to big ones. Moreover, the plurality of new media will cater to niche audiences, undermining the appeal of mainstream […]

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What Do Political Scientists Know About Electoral Reform that Practitioners Do Not? A View from Europe and Canada

Camille Bedock (University of Brussels), Damien Bol (King’s College London), Thomas Ehrhard (University of Paris II)   What is the story? When politicians or public officials consider changing the electoral system, they often seek advice from political scientists. The APSA Task Force on Political Science, Electoral Rules and Democratic Governance conducted a survey on the […]

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Does Democratic Consolidation Lead to a Decline in Voter Turnout? Global Evidence Since 1939

  By Filip Kostelka, Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (IPERG), University of Barcelona & Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po, Paris   Voting rates in new democracies often decline dramatically. For instance, in less than twenty years after democratization, voter turnout fell by 17.5 percentage points (pp) in Portugal (which has held democratic elections since […]

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What’s Happening in Catalonia? The Crackdown May Increase Support for an Unpopular Plan

By Eric Guntermann, Université de Montréal People all over the world this week read about Spanish police arresting Catalan government officials and confiscating ballots for an independence referendum. Rather than harming the Catalan government, however, I argue that the crackdown may help it raise support for its unpopular roadmap towards independence. In the last regional […]

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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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