Advancing Electoral Research - ELECDEM closing conference

Elections are a fundamental, if not always effective, mechanism of democratic accountability and representation. The comparative study of electoral democracies has been the motivating principle of ELECDEM - a training network for early stage and experienced researchers. We have taken a comprehensive approach to the study of electoral democracy using cross-nationally comparative databases, content analysis and experiments to examine the impact of globalisation, technological developments in communication and institutional change on representation and accountability.

We held our final conference to disseminate the research findings from the 18 project workpackages and we also invited researchers to present papers in the area of elections, political behaviour and political communication.  In addition to the presentation slides available below, video recordings of the sessions are available via the ELECDEM YouTube channel.
To access the videos search 'ELECDEM advancing' on YouTube.

Advancing Electoral Research - final programme

Delegate list - Advancing Electoral Research - ELECDEM closing conference

Photos taken during the conference in Florence, June 2012

Keynote speakers

Our keynote speakers at the conference were Dennis Chong and Gabriel Lenz.  Our project Visiting Scientist Richard Johnston also gave a presentation at the closing conference.

Dennis Chong is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. 

Gabriel Lenz is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley


Our final conference was hosted by the European University Institute, our ELECDEM project partner in Florence.  The venue for the conference was Villa la Fonte at San Domenico di Fiesole and the event was held over three days, Thursday 28 - Saturday 30 June 2012. 

Paper presentations

Panel 1 = Media and Political Communication
Discussant Dennis Chong,Northwestern University

Talking about politics: Effects of media and interpersonal communication on EU evaluations
Pieterjan Desmet, Joost van Spanje and Claes de Vreese (University of Amsterdam)

The Impact of Media Exposure on Vote Choice: The Case of Turkey
Gozde Yavuz (Sabanci University)

Wired voters: Internet Exposure and Campaign Effects on voters’ uncertainty
Maria Laura Sudulich (University of Amsterdam), Matthew Wall (Universite Libre Brussel) and Leonardo Baccini (Princeton University)

Panel 2 = Elite/Mass Congruence - Causes and Consequences
Discussant Mark Franklin, EUI

Conditions of Positional Policy Congruence
Kathrin Thomas (University of Exeter)

Representation in the European Parliament: Factors Affecting Attitude Congruence of Candidates and Voters in the EP Elections
Agnieszka Walczak and Wouter van der Brug (University of Amsterdam)

Panel 3 = Political Parties and Voters
Discussant Wouter van der Brug, University of Amsterdam

Do voters choose the lesser evil? How much do parties lose in highly corrupted countries?
Diana Burlacu, Central European University

Party polarization and the balance between ideology and competence in Europe
Federico Vegetti, University of Mannheim

Individual and contextual variation in spatial voting
Romain Lachat, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Short-term political attitudes and PTVs Preliminary evidence from the Italian case
Diego Garzia and Andrea De Angelis (Università degli Studi di Siena)

Panel 4 = Parties and Candidate - At the extremes and in the Centre
Discussant TBC

Woman s Position, Preference Voting, and the Election of Women: Why Are Women Less Likely to Enjoy Electoral Success in List PR Systems with Preference Voting Compared to Closed List Voting?
Maarja Lühiste (University of Exeter)

Are Incumbents Advantaged? Evidences from Brazilian Municipalities using a Quasi-Experimental Approach
Manoel Gehrke Ryff Moreira (Bocconi University)

On Far Right Parties, Master Frames and Diffusion. A Comprehensive Conceptual Framework
Steven Van Hauwaert (University of Vienna)

Everything is important so nothing is extreme: Individual differences in extreme political attitude formation
Zoltán Fazekas (University of Vienna)

Panel 5 = Political Knowledge and Sophistication
Discussant Geoffrey Evans, University of Oxford

What Helps Citizens to Have Consistent Attitudes? A Cross Country Analysis of the Individual and Contextual Determinants
of Attitude Constraint
Sebastian Popa (Central European University)

It Is Not What You Know, It Is What You Make Of It: Direct and Indirect Effects of Cognitive Ability on Various Measures of Political Knowledge  and its Attitudinal and Behavioral Covariates
Paul Weith (Central European University) Levente Littvay (Central European University) and André Krouwel (Kieskompas)

Young and gapped? Differences in political knowledge between girls and boys in Europe
Monica Ferrin (European University Institute), Marta Fraile (CSIC) and Martiño Rubal (European University Institute)

Political Sophistication in Greece:  Explaining the Paradox of a Politically Knowledgeable Electorate
Pavlos Vasilopoulos (University of Athens)

Panel 6 = Electoral Systems and Representation
Discussant TBC

Ukrainian electoral relations system: study through the conflict approach
Iuliia Serbina, Odessa Regional Branch of the National Institute for Strategic Studies

Multiculturalism across Western European Party Systems
Constanza Sanhueza (University of Mannheim)

Invisible Votes: Non-Roll Call Votes in the European Parliament
Siim Trumm (University of Exeter)

Are Elections Mechanisms of Authoritarian Stability or Democratization Evidence from Postcommunist Eurasia
Rüçhan Kaya and Michael Bernhard (University of Florida)

Panel 7 = Campaigns and Vote Advice Websites
Discussant Gabor Toka, Central European University

Voter Advise Applications in Practice:Answers to Some Key Questions from Turkey
Thomas Vitiello (Sabanci University), Ali Çarkoğlu and Mert Moral (Köç University)

Designing a Voting Advice Application about a presidential election: issues or candidates? Insights from the French 2012 “Vote Compass”
Anne Jadot, Bruno Cautrès (CEVIPOF), André Krouwel (Kieskompas) and Thomas Vitiello (Sabanci University)

The Activation of “Fundamentals” Over the Course of U.S. Presidential Campaigns: Strengthening, Contextual Activation, or Mean Reversion?
Emily Thorson (University of Pennsylvania) and Richard Johnston (University of British Columbia)

Political Matchmakers – How do the decision rules employed by Vote Advice Application Sites influence their advice?
Matthew Wall (Université Libre de Bruxelles), André Krouwel (Free University Amsterdam) and Jan Kleinnijenhuis (Free University Amsterdam)

Panel 8 = Attitudes about and Voting in Europe
Discussant Sylvia Kritzinger, University of Vienna

Cross-Pressured Voters: Reconciling Ideologies in European Parliament Elections
Traci Wilson (University of Oxford)

Why EU Attitudes Matter: A Contextualized Application of Current Behavioral Theories in Romania during its First Europe-Wide Elections for the European Parliament
Magda Giurcanu (University of Florida)

Panel 9 = Sex, Emotion and Corruption in Electoral Studies
Discussant, Gabriel Lenz, University of California, Berkeley

Electoral Fraud and Strategic Electoral Reform
Parashar Kulkarni (New York University)

Negative campaigning, emotions and political participation 
Zsolt Kiss (University of Oxford) and Sara B Hobolt (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Does the Public Perform in the Ballot Box as they do in the Bedroom?  The Importance of a Good Sex Life, Foreplay, and Oral and Anal Sex in Vote Choice
Peter K. Hatemi (United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney and  Pennsylvania State University), Levente Littvay (Central European University) and Rose McDermott (Brown University)

Panel 10 = Turnout
Discussant Gabriel Katz, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca

Turnout in developed and developing countries: Are the two turnout functions different or the same?
Daniel Stockemer (University of Ottawa)

Voter Turnout in the 2009 European Elections: Media Coverage and Media Exposure as Explanatory Factors
Marketa Bilska (Sabanci University)

The Embarrassment of Riches? A Meta-Analysis of Individual-Level Research on Voter Turnout
Carolien van Ham (European University Institute and University of Twente) and Kaat Smets, Centre for the Study of Political Change (CIRCaP), University of Siena, Italy

Reducing overreporting of voter turnout in seven European countries - results from a survey experiment
Sylvia Kritzinger (University of Vienna), Steve Schwarzer (TNS Opinion, Brussels) and Eva Zeglovits (University of Vienna)

Further information

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