Short course in Challenges and Opportunities in Cross-national Electoral Research

Course outline

Bringing together the major cross-national studies in political behaviour, this short course provided an overview of the opportunities available to researchers interested in comparative cross-national electoral research. It introduced participants to two well established, far reaching and widely used comparative projects namely the European Election Study (EES) and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES).

The CSES incorporates, in three different releases (Modules 1-3), over 120 national election studies from about 50 countries. It combines individual level data on political behaviour and attitudes together with a breadth of contextual information pertaining to electoral systems, aggregate electoral data and expert estimates of party positions on policy scales.

The EES has consistently provided data to study electoral processes at the European Parliament elections since 1979. It is one of the very few cross-system, cross-temporal datasets, and the only comparative data project that combines cross-national voter surveys with data on party manifestos and media content analysis of the EP election campaigns. 

Course sponsors

  • ELECDEM Marie Curie Training Network in Electoral Democracy [FP7]
  • PIREDEU and European Election Study: Providing an Infrastructure for the Evaluation of Electoral Democracy in Europe [FP7]
  • CCNER Comparative Cross-National Electoral Research [ESRC]
  • ECPR Standing Group: Public Opinion and Voting Behavior from a Comparative Perspective
  • CSES Comparative Study of Electoral Systems

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