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Newsletter October 2014

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

1. The Glasgow General Conferences in 2014
We had initiated a section for the General Conference in Glasgow in September 2014 Changing Patterns of Electoral Competition and Voting Behaviour organized by Romain Lachat (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Lorenzo De Sio (LUISS University). It consisted of eight panels which were well attended. Further information can be found at:
We would like to take the opportunity to thank Romain and Lorenzo for organizing this interesting section.

2. The Montreal General Conference in 2015
The next general conference takes place in Montreal, 26-29 August 2015. The Call for Sections opened last week and will close November 17, 2014.
As the years before, we would like to initiate two section proposals from our standing group: one proposal on elections and electoral behaviour (panels on the regional, national and European level), and one proposal on the more general topic of public opinion attitudes and values. If some of you will submit a section proposal within one of these fields, please contact us as soon as possible, the latest before October 20, 2014.

3. The Joint Sessions of Workshops at the University of Warsaw, 29 March – 2 April 2015.
We would also like to remind you that the deadline for paper proposals for the 2015 Joint Sessions of Workshop is coming up soon, namely December 1, 2014. The Joint Sessions take place at the University of Warsaw, 29 March-2 April 2015.
There are two workshops that were endorsed by our Standing Group and might be of particular interest to our members:
Accountability Without Parties? The Effects of De-alignment on Accountability in Electoral Decision-Making organized by Ruth Dassonneville (University of Leuven) and Andre Blais (Université de Montréal)
What Citizens Want From Democracy: Popular Attitudes to Existing Political Processes and their Alternatives organized by Ben Seyd (University of Kent) and Åsa Bengtsson (Mid Sweden University and Åbo Akademi University).
You can find an overview of all workshops at:

4. The Joint Sessions of Workshops at Pisa, 24-28 April 2016
Furthermore, the call for workshop applications for the Joint Sessions at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the University of Pisa, 24-28 April, 2016 has recently been launched. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2015.

The conveners of the Standing Group will normally not initiate workshop proposals, but we can coordinate workshop applications of our members and – if necessary – endorse them. We ask our members to inform us about potential workshop proposal that are sent on topics that are within the SG’s field by January 15, 2015 at the latest.

5. ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques
The 4th ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques will take place at the University of Bamberg, Germany. Registration opens October 1, 2014. The course list can be found at:

6. 1st Leuven-Montréal Winter School on Elections and Voting Behaviour
January 15-22, 2015, Leuven (Belgium)

A new winter school on Elections and voting behaviour is initiated. It is organized jointly by the universities of Leuven and Montréal. The first edition will take place in Leuven in Belgium, January 15-22, 2015.

The 2016 edition will take place in Montréal (Canada). The Winter School is supported by the ECPR Standing Group on Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in a Comparative Perspective

More information including Fees, Venue and Day-to-day schedule can be found at:

7. Various
• The Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) invites researchers to submit proposals for modules to be included into the questionnaire for the Swiss national election study 2015. Proposals for modules must be submitted electronically to no later than November 24, 2014. You can find the entire call at:
• The German Society for Electoral Research (DGfW) for the second time will award the DGfW Research Prize and the DGfW Prize for Young Researchers for excellent analyses based on data of the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES). Deadline for application, November 30, 2014. You can find more information at:
• The Hellenic (Greek) National Election Studies (ELNES) has a new website at You can download data from voter and candidate studies conducted for the most recent Greek elections.
• A new ECPR framework for Standing Groups was enacted this spring. More information can be found at: . We are currently analyzing how this will influence our standing group in the future. We will inform our members in the next newsletter in more detail.
• We welcome proposals for additional activities for the SG

Oddbjørn and Sylvia