Workshop: ‘Voters Adrift. Consequences of Electoral Dealignment in Representative Democracies’

This workshop took place at 2 and 3 december 2016. About 20 top scholars from all over the world participated to the workshop, presented their ongoing research and discussed about the consequences of dealignment for representative democracy.   Michael S. Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa), Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal) and Marc Hooghe (University of Leuven) […] Read more


New research project: accountability in Belgian elections

The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) has announced the results of the 2016 application round (Research Projects and Research Grants). One of the funded research proposals is a project on accountability in Belgian elections, which will be co-supervised by Marc Hooghe and Ruth Dassonneville. The project will start in January 2017.   Summary of the research […] Read more


New publication

The article ‘Voter turnout decline and stratification: Quasi-experimental and comparative evidence of a growing educational gap‘, co-authored by Ruth Dassonneville and Marc Hooghe is now available online. The article is forthcoming in Politics. Abstract Turnout rates are in decline in advanced democracies, but the consequences of this trend for inequalities in participation have not yet […] Read more


Élection présidentielle américaine: Interprétations et attentes

Round Table with : – Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa): Economic voting and the 2016 US elections – videoconference – Diana Mutz (University of Pennsylvania) : The presidential election campaign – videoconference – Claire Durand (Université de Montréal): Qu’est-ce que les sondages nous disent sur la campagne de 2016? Read more


Workshop: Voters Adrift. Consequences of Electoral Dealignment in Representative Democracies

In many advanced democracies, voters appear to be ‘adrift’ (Andeweg, 1982). Indeed, linkages between citizens and parties are weakening. As a result, voter turnout rates are decreasing, election results are increasingly unstable and party systems are hugely volatile. Political parties, however, are traditionally considered to be at the very heart of democracy. As a result, […] Read more

Activities News

3rd Winter School on Elections

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 3rd Leuven-Montréal Winter School on Elections   In collaboration with the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)   Supported by the ECPR Standing Group on Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in a Comparative Perspective & The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship   25 February – 5 March 2017, […] Read more