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Newsletter September 2016

Dear POVB standing group members,

Happy beginning of the fall season to all of you. The remaining of this year entails many interesting activities of which we would like to remind you of in this newsletter. Before that, a short summary of the activities that have already taken place.

Our standing group supported the 2nd Leuven-Montréal winter school on elections and voting behavior, held in Montréal February 26 – March 5 ( Jointly organized by the University of Leuven and the Université de Montréal, the winter school included expert lectures by eight distinguished scholars in the field and over 20 participants. We warmly thank assistant professor Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal) for her contribution in arranging the event.

The ECPR Graduate Student Conference was held in University of Tartu, July 10–13. Our standing group had endorsed two sections: “Electoral Politics”, chaired by Martin Schultze (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf)) and Sabrina Mayer (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) (, and “Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour”, chaired by Constantin Schaefer (Universität Mannheim) and Daniel Weber (Johannes Gutenberg – Universität Mainz) (

Kees and Hanna were chairing a section entitled “Public Opinion and Voting Behavior in Congested and Contested Political Arena”, at the ECPR General Conference 2016 ( The section consisted of ten panels with altogether 47 papers. The turnout in the panels varied but was reasonably high overall. Hanna also participated the conveners’ lunch on September 8. The most noteworthy take-home point concerned the restructuring the ECPR’s funding instrument for SGs. It is now called a grant for "major academic activity", organized within one year, and can be up to 3000 EUR. This also means that receptions etc. will no longer be funded. As requested last year, ECPR has also now launched mailing lists for each standing group to facilitate communication among their members.

Our next task during this fall is to get ready for the the ECPR General Conference 2017, held in Oslo, September 6–9. We are planning to have two sections, one organized by Kees and Hanna and the other upon an open call for section chairs and panels. If you are interested in organising a section related to themes of our standing group, please contact the convenors by October 28. The deadline for submitting section proposals is November 16. For detailed instructions for section proposals, please see

Our section is organizing a workshop “Health and Political Behavior” at the ECPR Joints Sessions 2017 in Nottingham April 25–30 ( The panel is chaired by Hanna and Professor Elisabeth Gidengil (Mcgill University). The deadline for paper proposals is December 1. If you have any inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the panel chairs. The list of workshops also include many close to the scope covered in our standing group, such as “A Closely Coupled Tango? Interactions between Electoral and Protest Politics”, “Political Incivility in Parliament, Party Competition and Political Communication”, “Political Leadership and Democratic Innovations: Primaries, Intra-Party Democracy and their Impact on Political Elites”, “Political Parties as Arena for Descriptive Representation” “Rethinking Intra-Party Cohesion in Time of Party Transformation” and “The Influence of Radical Right Populist Parties on Policy-Making in Europe”. Paper proposals should be submitted by 1 December 1 via MyECPR.

The 3rd Leuven-Montréal Winter School on Elections will be held in Leuven, February 25 – March 5, 2017. It is organized in collaboration with the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and supported by our SG and The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. Lectures in this third edition will be given by Kees Aarts (University of Groningen), Eva Anduiza (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal), Elias Dinas (University of Oxford), David Farrell (University College Dublin), Marc Hooghe (University of Leuven), Ann-Kristin Kölln (University of Leuven) and Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa). Interested students are requested to send an abstract (approximately 500 words) of their proposed paper to by December.

If you have any upcoming events or other announcements, we warmly encourage you to upload the information at the POVB website ( Finally, we warmly welcome all ideas for the forthcoming call for “major academic activities”.

best regards,

Kees, Marina and Hanna