CfP: ECPR Graduate Conference 2016 in Tartu, Estonia (Section ELECTORAL POLITICS)

Call for Papers
For the 6th ECPR Graduate Conference (10-13 July 2016 at the University of Tartu, Estonia), we invite graduate students (Master’s or PhD) or junior postdocs to submit paper proposals for our section on Electoral Politics.
More information about the Conference can be found here:
Below you may find the proposed panels and the section abstract. If you want to contribute to the section, you can submit your paper via the ECPR website (you need to create a myECPR account first) and submit your paper abstract (max. 500 words) to the Section ELECTORAL POLITICS.
Deadline for paper submission via ECPR: 20th of January 2016

In case of doubt (e.g. if your paper fits the section’s topic), don’t hesitate to contact us in the first place and share your ideas (Sabrina Mayer: and Martin Schultze:!

Sabrina and Martin
For the section, we propose the following panels:
1) Sociological and Psychological Approaches for Explaining Voting Behaviour
2) Digital Campaigns, Parties, Media and Voting Behaviour
3) Political Knowledge, Party Positions and Issue Voting
4) Methodical Advancements in Electoral Research
5) Contextual Factors in Electoral Research
6) Political Participation of Voters

Elections can be seen as the most important form of political participation in modern representative democracies. Understanding and explaining voters’ behaviour remains a crucial and complex scientific task where a lot of different approaches and research strategies compete with each other. Recently, there have been a number of innovations and substantial improvements on our understanding of the voters’ decision making process that led to the development of sophisticated models of electoral choice and to methodical advancements in social science research methods. Such approaches have emerged that shed light on the question how social stratification, attitudinal, identitarian, rational, emotional and contextual factors and their relationship with one another affect the citizens’ voting behaviour.

We ask for panels and papers that use any or integrate several of these approaches for a better understanding of voting behaviour at the national or European level. Moreover this section encourages submissions demonstrating methodological advancements in measurement, data collection and/or data analysis in electoral research.

In particular, we are interested in papers that for example, address the impact of class and religion or the relationship between party identification, candidate evaluations and issue orientations on voting behaviour. Furthermore, we welcome proposals analysing the influence of personality, emotions and affective attitudes on the decision making process as well as rational choice approaches that take into account the citizens’ political knowledge and their economic and retrospective evaluations.

Papers addressing contextual factors, such as the electoral and party system, political culture, media system/the interplay of old and new media and the impact of the Internet and social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) are also strongly encouraged. Contributions may deal with these or related topics in a longitudinal and/or comparative perspective.

Methodical papers may highlight advantages and limitations of recent developments in measurement (e.g. multiple measures, measurement error and latent variable models), complex data collection techniques (e.g. rolling cross-section surveys, survey and lab experiments, big data) and/or statistical data analysis (e.g. multilevel analysis, multiple group comparisons, network analysis).