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Newsletter October 2013

Newsletter October 2013 to the member of ECPR’s Standing Group on Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in a Comparative Perspective

1. The Bordeaux General Conference
We had initiated two sections for the General Conference in Bordeaux in France 4th-7th September 2013: Comparative Public Opinion and Elections and European Elections, Euroscepticism and the Media. Both sections consisted of panels which were well attended.
We have evaluated various aspects of the processes with the section and panel applications and the organisation of the sections, the panels and conference in general together with the section chairs Wouter van der Brug, Olga Gyarfasova, Susan Banducci and Rachel Gibson. We will work on improving our job in this respect and also report some of the general points in this evaluation process to ECPR.

2. The Glasgow General Conference next year
The next general conference takes place in Glasgow, 3-6 September 2014.
The deadline for section proposals is 15 November 2013.
We will also for the Glasgow conference initiate two section proposals, one general proposal within public opinion and voting behaviour and one proposal based on European Election research. If some of you will submit a section proposal within one of these fields, please contact us as soon as possible and before November 1. Each standing group can, however, only endorse one section proposal, so we have to stick to that rule in the endorsement process.
ECPR has in connection with the Glasgow conference worked out new Guidelines for the general conferences:

3. The Joint Sessions of Workshops at the Universidad de Salamanca, 10-15 April 2014
We would also like to remind you that the deadline for paper proposals for the 2014 Joint Sessions of Workshop is coming up soon, namely December 1, 2013. The Joint Sessions take place at the Universidad de Salamanca, 10-15 April 2014.
We have earlier been asked to upload information about one of the workshops as relevant for our SG namely Defending or Damaging Democracy? The Establishment’s Reactions to Political Extremists in Liberal Democracies - - which is chaired by Michael Minkenberg and Joost van Spanje, but there are also other relevant workshops for the members of our standing group.
You can find an overview of the workshops here:

4. The Joint Sessions of Workshops at the University of Warsaw, 29 March-2 April, 2015
Furthermore, the call for workshops applications for the Joint Sessions at the University of Warsaw, 29 March-2 April, 2015 has recently been launched. The deadline for applications is 1 February 2014.
The steering group will normally not initiate workshop proposals, but we would like – in good time before the deadline - to be informed about workshop proposals that are sent on topics that are within the SG’s field. Then we can coordinate such applications and endorse them. If there are no applications within out field, we might also initiate one. In order to be able to do so, we need to know about existing applications. We ask our members to inform us about potential workshop proposal by January 15, 2014 at the latest.

5. ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques
The 3rd ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques will take place at the University of Vienna, Austria. Registration opened October 1, 2013. The course list can be found here:

6. Patrick Fournier’s summer school course on Political Psychology: Citizen Behaviors and Opinions
In summer 2013 we again organised a summer school course within the framework of the Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies. Patrick Fournier from the University of Montréal taught a course on Political Psychology: Citizen Behaviors and Opinions.
We have received financial support for the course from:
• The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at the McGill University, Montréal, Quebec, Canada,
• The Training Network in Electoral Democracy (ELECDEM) and
• The Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo.
One of these sources cannot support the summer school course anymore, so we might have problems with organising a course next summer. If some of you know of economic resources that can contribute to the financing of the course, please inform us about it as soon as possible.

7. National Elections
A. British Election Study
The British Election Study (BES) invites to submit applications to include custom designed content to the BES Internet Panel Study. Priority will be given to proposals that:
• Contribute to the understanding of the British Electorate
• Benefit users of the BES series.
• Address the BES themes of accountability, representation and disengagement.
• Enhance the understanding of ‘voters in context’.
• Exploit or benefit from the panel design
• Are innovative, substantively or methodologically
• Have a potential for either scientific or non-academic impact beyond the proposing individual or team
The deadline for Wave 1 (January 2014) is October 31st 2013. Applications should be sent to

B. National Election in the last few months
General elections took place in Norway, Germany and Austria in the last two months. Data on these elections will soon be available. Please see the text below and visit the following webpages for further information:



Under the auspices of The Norwegian Election Studies Program, Statistics Norway is now collecting data in a nation-wide, representative survey of 3200 individuals in connection with the 2013 parliamentary election. Data from previous election studies – going back to 1957 – is available at Norwegian Social Science Data Service:

8. Standing Group Convener’s meeting in Bordeaux
The Convenors were invited to a meeting with the ECPR Standing Groups Sub-Committee. Two members of the Executive Committee (from the Standing Groups Sub-Committee) attended the meeting and Rudy Andeweg chaired it.
A 5 page document – The Standing Groups of the ECPR - Towards a New Framework – was distributed in advance and the various points in this document were discussed at the meeting. The following aspects were discussed:
1. The number and nature of the SGs
2. The membership in the SG. Should members pay a fee ?
3. The internal governance of the SGs. How large the steering committee should be, elections, activities and so on.
4. Finances. This point focussed on ECPR’s modest subsidies to some Standing Groups activities. This point was a technical one focussing on how the money should be paid out from ECPR to the relevant receivers.
5. External commitments/contractual obligations. This point had to do with the relationship between the SGs and ECPR. SGs should always inform the Executive Committee if they undertake contractual obligations of any sort.
Following the consultation with the Standing Group Convenors at Bordeaux, the Standing Groups Sub-Committee will draft a new ECPR Framework for Standing Groups. This draft will be circulated to Standing Group Convenors for any comments. The sub-committee will then produce a further draft which will be presented to the Executive Committee at either its Winter or Spring 2014 meeting for discussion and approval. The new framework is expected to come into existence at some point in 2014.

9. Various
• We welcome proposals for additional activities for the SG
• All queries regarding support, information to be put on the website and so on should be addressed to both conveners of the standing group. We would prefer if you send all such inquires directly to us.

Oddbjørn and Sylvia