New research project: Elections as a Linkage Mechanism between Public Opinion and Policy Outcomes, a longitudinal and comparative analysis
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has announced the results of the February 2017 competition of its Insight Development Grants program. One of the funded research projects is a project on ‘Elections as a Linkage Mechanism between Public Opinion and Policy Outcomes’, that will be supervised by Ruth Dassonneville. Summary of the […] Read more
The Effect of Electoral Rules on Electoral Behaviour
Do Electoral Rules have an Effect on Electoral Behaviour?
Abstract Electoral democracies worldwide are all organized around elections but the rules under which elections are organized differ strongly from one country to another. These electoral rules, such as whether voting is compulsory or what electoral system is used, are thought of as strongly affecting voters’ behaviour and the choices they make. If […] Read more
Clarifying Clarity of Responsibility
Abstract Institutions are thought to matter for the vote choice, and work on economic voting is exemplary in this regard. The strength of the economic vote varies considerably cross-nationally and this seems to emanate from differences in the clarity of responsibility. Still, this conceptual frame, dominant in the field, appears to have some cracks. […] Read more