Activities

Tuesday Seminar – 26 October

Voters’ Preferences for Parties’ Moral Rhetoric Jae-Hee Jung (University of Houston) Moral rhetoric in party messages reflect parties’ attempts to represent voters’ moral values. It is unclear, however, how voters feel about such messages of moral representation. Do voters want parties to use moral rhetoric? Based on insights about the link between morality and politics, […] Read more

Activities

Tuesday Seminar – 7 September

Are Citizens Tougher on Politicians Than Other Professions? Evidence from Survey Experiments in the United States and Canada Jean-François Daoust (University of Edinburgh)John McAndrews (University of Toronto)Thomas Bergeron (University of Toronto)Roosmarijn de Geus (University of Oxford) Peter J. Loewen (University of Toronto) Being a politician is not among the professions held in high regard by […] Read more

Activities

Tuesday Seminar – 14 September

Follow mainly the leader? An experimental study of the relative impact of parties on opinion formation Fernando Feitosa (McGill University) Jennifer Oser (Ben-Gurion University) Nir Grinberg (Ben-Gurion University) Prior work convincingly demonstrates that Americans follow the policy positions of parties with whom they identify. However, not much research investigates the relative impact of parties on opinion formation. More specifically, are parties […] Read more

Activities

Tuesday Seminar – 28 September

You can Sort but don’t Polarize: How Elite Polarization Shapes Opinion Formation Semih Cakir (Université de Montréal) A great deal of scholarly attention is given to whether political parties shape citizens’ opinions to which they subsequently respond. These works show that citizens indeed follow party cues and adjust their issue opinions even when they go against […] Read more

Activities

Tuesday Seminar – 5 October

The Expertise Paradox: How Policy Expertise Can Hinder Responsiveness Miguel M. Pereira (University of Southern California)Patrick Ohberg (University of Gothenburg) We argue that policy expertise constrains the ability of politicians to act on voter preferences. Legislators with more knowledge and experience in a given domain have more confidence in their own issue-specific positions. Enhanced confidence, in turn, […] Read more