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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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Will PEI change its electoral system?

By Katherine V.R. Sullivan, Université de Montréal What’s the story? Prince Edward Island is inviting Islanders to take part in an electoral reform plebiscite over a 10-day period between October 29th and November 7th. This extraordinary plebiscite will not only ask citizens to express their preferences about five different electoral systems, it will also allow […]

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Correct voting and post-election regret

By André Blais Université de Montréal Anja Kilibarda Columbia University What’s the story? Elections are often seen as a way for citizens to communicate their views. However, much research has shown that many voters are not well informed about the issues of the day. This raises the question whether some people make the wrong choice. […]

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A new standard for evaluating the performance of electoral democracy

By André Blais, Eric Guntermann & Marc A. Bodet   What is the story? We propose a simple and original standard for evaluating the performance of electoral democracies: the degree of correspondence between citizens’ party preferences and the party composition of the cabinet.   The criteria We propose three criteria for assessing the correspondence between […]

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