2021

Activities

Tuesday Seminar – 30 November

Getting the most out of comparative vote switching data: A new framework for studying dynamic multi-party competition Denis Cohen (University of Mannheim)Werner Krause (Humboldt University of Berlin)Tarik Abou-Chadi (University of Oxford) Large literatures on party competition and voting behavior focus on voter reactions to parties’ policy strategies, agency, or legislative performance. While many inquiries make […] Read more

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Tuesday Seminar – 23 November

Do people vote to avoid disapproval? A study of partisan pressure and social norms in Austria Maxime Coulombe (Université de Montréal),André Blais (Université de Montréal)Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal) Recent studies have highlighted how descriptive and injunctive norms matter for turnout. We aim in this research to expand our understanding of these relationships in two […] Read more

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Tuesday Seminar – 16 November

How Fathers’ Leave Shapes Attitudes Toward Gender Equality  Jonathan Homola (Rice University)Petra Schleiter (University of Oxford)Margit Tavits (Washington University in St. Louis)Dalston Ward (ETH Zurich) Stereotypical attitudes about gender roles help sustain inequalities, which favor men over women in the social, economic, and political domains. We explore whether exposure to counter-stereotypical gender roles reduces traditional gender […] Read more

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Tuesday Seminar – 9 November

Candidate Rhetorical Strategy and Perceptions of Sincerity  Elizabeth Simas (University of Houston)Scott Clifford (University of Houston) Recent polls suggest that as few as 8% of Americans think that politicians believe most of the stances that they take on issues. This extreme level of cynicism threatens to break a fundamental link in representation. If candidates cannot […] Read more

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Tuesday Seminar – 2 Novembre

Un pays divisé: identité, fédéralisme et régionalisme au Canada Evelyne Brie (University of Pennsylvania) Félix Mathieu (University of Winnipeg) Le Canada est un pays divisé… mais à quel point? Et surtout, comment expliquer et interpréter ce phénomène ? À l’aide de données de sondage originales issues de l’enquête La Confédération de demain 2.0 / The Confederation of […] Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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