CfP_Campaigning and voting in Europe_14-16 Dec 2015 Paris

Campaigning and voting in Europe: new challenges, new perspectives

Workshop, Paris 14-16 December 2015

A plethora of elections have taken place across the European continent over the last twelve months, from the European parliamentary election involving all 28 member states in May 2014 to more recent national contests in Greece, Romania, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Finland, Portugal, Estonia and the UK.
This conference aims to examine the conduct of European campaigns and their impact on voter turnout and voter choices.
In this conference we seek to dissect more closely the elements of an election campaign and particularly to try to deal with the question of how we identify and measure a successful campaign. To explore this we aim to bring together scholars of parties, political communication and electoral behaviour in a bid to connect the analysis of the supply and demand side of election campaigns.
We invite papers that seek to model and compare election campaign strategy and practice over time and also space as well as papers that examine responses of citizens to campaigns. In particular we seek to develop global understandings of what works and what does not in terms of enhancing their effects on outcomes?
Papers may address, but should not be limited to, questions such as:
How elections campaigns have changed in styles, strategies, tools and with what impacts?
Is big data changing both the conduct of campaigns and the study of voting behaviour?
Are voters becoming less predictable, more changeable and so more open to persuasion?
To what extent is it policies or personalities which determine outcomes?
Please see full call attached

Keynote speakers:
Claes de Vreese, Professor of Political Communication, University of Amsterdam, NL
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck, Professor of Political Science & CSES, University of Mannheim

Important dates:
Friday 4th September 2015 – submission of abstract
[Abstract: 500 words (theoretical and methodological approach, data description, preliminary findings;
your name and university)]
Please send any questions and the abstracts to: europeelections@audencia.com
18th September 2015 – decision on acceptance
18th September 2015 – registration open
15th November 2015 – end of registration

Scientific committee
Rachel Gibson, Manchester University, UK
Karolina Koc-Michalska, Audencia Business School, FR
Darren Lilleker, Bournemouth University, UK
Ralph Negrine, University of Sheffield, UK
Sylvie Strudel, Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas, FR
Thierry Vedel, Sciences-Po Paris, FR

Conference supported by:
International Communication Association, Political Communication Division
International Political Science Association (RC22)