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Electoral Chairs’ Seminars – September 7th

The Effectiveness of Group Appeals  Ruth Dassonneville (Associate Professor at Université de Montréal)  Citizens’ socio-demographic characteristics shape their political preferences, resulting in systematic differences in how social groups vote. These group-differences emerge when there are clear associations between social groups and specific parties. Recent work has shown that one way in which parties can create […] Read more

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Electoral Chairs’ Seminars – September 28th

Does changing an electoral system to a mixed system (really) affect voter turnout and the party system? John Högström (Associate professor,  Department of Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University) In this study we aim to add to the understanding of whether, and if so how, a change of electoral system affects factors such as voter turnout […] Read more

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Electoral Chairs’ Seminars – August 24

Much Ado About Debt? Charlotte Cavaille (Assistant professor at University of Michigan) For countries with cheap borrowing costs, putting deficit concerns aside is politically more attractive than crafting ambitious fiscal responses to rising public debt. Should we conclude that voters impose few constraints on deficit-friendly policymakers? In this paper, we identify and test for the […] Read more

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Ateliers méthodologiques de Montréal – Charlotte Cavaille

Measuring Policy Preferences: Why It is Hard and Can We Do Anything About It? Charlotte Cavaille (Assistante Professeure à l’Université du Michigan) Political scientists rely extensively on subjective survey data to measure policy preferences. The limits of such measurement tools are known to all. They include 1) measurement error that correlates with individual characteristics, with […] Read more

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Ruth Dassonneville receives the 2022 award for the ‘best reviewer’ from the journal Political Science Research and Methods

At the 12th Annual Conference of the European Political Science Association, which took place from 23 to 25 June 2022 in Prague, Ruth Dassonneville was awarded the annual ‘best reviewer award’ from the journal Political Science Research and Methods. Read the announcement by the editor here. And for a picture of the celebration see here. Read more

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Electoral Chairs’ Seminars – 15 June

The Correlates of Secessionist Party Support, 1945-2021 Alex B. Rivard (Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship) Where there exists a host of research examining secessionist party ideology (Massetti 2009; Massetti and Schakel 2015, 2016), on how parties manage the presence of a regional cleavage (Alonso et al. 2013; Basile 2013, 2016; Meguid 2005, […] Read more