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 Association (APSA) meeting and takes place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel (California East room) from 8 AM to 5:30 PM.  All participants in the APSA meeting are warmly encouraged to attend the mini-conference. The programme is as follows:

8:00am-9:30am Panel 1: Participation and Partisanship,

Panel Chair: André Blais (University of Montreal)

Panel Discussant: Indridi H. Indridason (UC Riverside)


  1. Elections Activate Partisanship Across Countries

Shane P. Singh (University of Georgia), Judd Thornton (Georgia State University)

  1. Does Too Much Democracy Kills Participation? Election Frequency and Voter Turnout in Canada and Germany

Filip Kostelka (University of Montreal and Sciences Po, Paris), Alexander Wüttke (University of Manheim)

  1. The Correlates of Duty: Universal or Context Specific?

Laura Stephenson (University of Western Ontario)

  1. Looking in a Carnival Mirror: Ideology and Protest Participation in Old and New Democracies

Filip Kostelka (University of Montreal and Sciences Po, Paris), Jan Rovny (Sciences Po, Paris and University of Gothenburg)


09:30am-09:45am Break


09:45am-11:15am Panel 2: French Elections

Panel Chair: Martial Foucault (Sciences Po, Paris)

Panel Discussant: Sylvain Brouard (Sciences Po, Paris)


  1. Aging, habit and turnout. New evidence from 12 voting rounds in France

Jean-Yves Dormagen (Université de Montpellier)

  1. From votes to seats. The 2017 French legislative elections

Annie Laurent (Université de Lille), Bernard Dolez (Université Paris 1)

  1. Performance voting and the selection of alternatives.

Nicolas Sauger (Sciences Po, Paris)

  1. The Wealth Effect on the 2017 French Presidential Outcomes

Martial Foucault (Sciences Po, Paris)


11:15am-11:30am Break


11:30am-1:00pm Panel 3: Public Opinion and Satisfaction with Democracy

Panel Chair: Laura Stephenson (University of Western Ontario)

Panel Discussant: Damien Bol (King’s College London)


  1. Does Ideological Congruence Matter? Assessing Its Impact on Satisfaction with Democracy

Eric Guntermann (University of Gothenburg)

  1. Revisiting the notion of electoral winner

Jean-François Daoust (University of Montreal)

  1. Conventional wisdom or paradigm shift? Getting at the root causes of temporal variability in public opinion towards immigration

Steven Vanhauwaert (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas), Patrick English (University of Manchester)


1:00pm-2:15pm Lunch Break


14:15pm-3:45pm Panel 4: How do voters decide?

Panel Chair: Filip Kostelka (University of Montreal and Sciences Po, Paris)

Panel Discussant: Ruth Dassonneville (University of Montreal)


  1. How government alternation shapes voter incentives to engage in compensational voting

Carolina Plescia (University of Vienna) and Francesco Zucchini (University of Milan)

  1. What Are the Causes of Voters’ Indecision? A Study of Late Deciders in Western Democraties

Simon Willocq (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

  1. Electoral Accountability in France

Martial Foucault (Sciences Po, Paris), Romain Lachat (Sciences Po, Paris), Guy Whitten (Texas A&M University)


3:45pm-4:00pm Break


4:00pm-5:30pm Panel 5: Study of Elections, Parties and Electoral Rules

Panel Chair: Jan Rovny (Sciences Po, Paris and University of Gothenburg)

Panel Discussant: Shane P. Singh (University of Georgia)


  1. Voting and satisfaction with democracy under proportional representation: Does ballot structure matter?

Damien Bol (King’s College London), André Blais (Université of Motnreal), Lidia Nunez (Université libre de Bruxelles), Jean-Benoit Pilet (Université libre de Bruxelles)

  1. Negative Campaigning in Multi-Party Contests

Charles Crabtree (Pennsylvania State University), Matt Golder (Pennsylvania State University), Thomas Gschwend (University of Manheim) & Indridi H. Indridason (UC Riverside).

    3. The Effects of Survey Mode and Sampling in Belgian Election Studies: A Comparison of a National Probability Face-to-Face Survey and a Non-Probability Internet Survey

Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal), Kris Deschouwer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Marc Hooghe (University of Leuven).


If you have questions about the mini-conference, do not hesitate to contact Filip Kostelka ([email protected]).


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