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Newsletter January 2014

Newsletter January 2014 to the member of ECPR’s Standing Group on Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in a Comparative Perspective

1. Call for panels and papers at the ECPR General Conference 2014:

1.1 Section "Changing patterns of voting behaviour and party competition"
This section is supported by the ECPR Standing Group on Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour and chaired by Romain Lachat and Lorenzo De Sio. The outline of the section can be found at (Section S006).
We invite interested participants to submit a paper or panel proposal. The official deadline is February 15th. However, in order to better coordinate the proposals and to organize coherent panels, we ask interested participants to contact us or the appropriate panel chairs in advance (*before the end of January*).

The section will include eight panels. For six of these, a provisional topic has already been defined and a panel chair has been designated:

If your paper proposal clearly fits one of these panels, we encourage you to send your paper proposal *directly to the appropriate panel chair*. Please do so quickly, so as to allow her or him to assemble paper proposals into a full panel proposal by Feb 15th.

If your paper proposal does not correspond to one of these topics, or if you want to propose a new panel topic, please contact us directly (, We will define the additional panels based on the paper proposals we receive.

1.2 Panel: "Identity, local politics and local democracy"

Collective identities have increasingly attracted the attention of scholars from nearly all sub-disciplines of political science. Yet, we still know far too little about the origins of identity on the one hand and how identity issues are linked to the micro-dimension and subjective underpinnings of politics, especially citizens’ political orientations and behavior on the other hand.

Within the section "Identity and Political Behaviour" at the ECPR General Conference 2014 in Glasgow (3-6 September 2014) the panel "Identity, local politics and local democracy" will focus on the origins and consequences of identity at the local level. Municipal identity is considered as an important requirement for other attitudes towards politics as well as individual civic and political engagement. Therefore, we welcome contributions with a focus on the effects of (local) identity on political orientations and political behavior as well as contributions trying to explain levels of local identity. Furthermore, we are particularly interested in the following research questions:

  • Does local identity have any impacts on local preferences and/or local political behavior?
  • How and why does (local) identity have an impact on political orientations and political behavior?
  • Does (local) identity affect turnout or electoral behavior?
  • Are there different effects from identity on attitudes and behavior comparing local and national politics?
  • What are the origins of local identity?
  • How does local identity affect national or even European identity?

We invite contributions from a broad range of theoretical and especially empirical approaches. As such, we welcome papers based on survey or experimental data, case studies, and comparative research. Paper abstracts (max. 150 words) for the panel should be submitted until January 31, 2014 at the latest. Please send the abstracts via email to Angelika Vetter or Markus Tausendpfund.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.
PD Dr. Angelika Vetter, University of Stuttgart,
Dr. Markus Tausendpfund, University of Hagen,

The panel was included in the proposal of the accepted section: Identity and Political Behaviour (S019).

1.3 Panel: "Voting Advice Application Sample Bias: Sources, Magnitude and Methods"

Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) are web applications that have been used in many countries (most of them European) to help voters compare their positions on political issues with the positions of political parties and/or candidates on the same issues. VAA data have been used lately by various researchers for many tasks: to explain the electoral behaviour of the voters, to study voter-party congruence, to position parties and their voters on political maps, etc. But the confidence on the conclusions of these studies is limited because the samples collected by VAAs have been found to be non-representative of the corresponding electorates. The objective of the present panel is to create an in-depth understanding of the sources of the bias of VAA samples, the magnitude of the bias and the methods to deal with it. Although cross-national or across time comparative studies are most welcomed (e.g. papers that explain the variation in VAA popularity between different electoral contexts and/or different levels of Internet penetration), case studies (e.g. explaining how the specific characteristics within a country have influenced the distribution of VAA users) are also thought to be valuable contributions to this panel. Paper givers should also try to propose ways of overcoming the problem of non-representativeness of VAA samples.

Please send your paper proposals to Ioannis Andreadis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), and Matthew Wall (Swansea University), including name(s), affiliation of the author(s), paper title and paper abstract. By sending your paper proposals before January 31, 2014 you will give us enough time to prepare and submit the complete panel before the deadline of 15 February 2014.

The panel was included in the proposal of the accepted section: Voting Advice Applications and Elections in Europe (S067).

An overview of the accepted sections for the Glasgow conference can be found here.

2. The Joint Sessions of Workshops at the University of Warsaw, 29 March-2 April, 2015

The deadline for applications is 1 February 2014.
The steering group will normally not initiate workshop proposals, but we will like – in good time before the deadline - to be informed about workshop proposals that are send on topics that is within the SG’s field. Then we might coordinate such applications and endorse them. If there are not applications within out field, we might also initiate one. In order to be able to do so, we need to know about the existing applications. We would like to be informed about such workshop proposal by January 15, 2014 at the latest.

3. News submitted to forums:

Job Vacancies
CSES Senior Researcher at GESIS Mannheim, Germany Deadline: February 3, 2014.

Calls for Papers
ECPR Graduate Student Conference 2014, Panel "Economic Voting" Deadline: 20/01/2014

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