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Newsletter December 2015

Dear POVB standing group members,

The year 2016 is soon approaching with many exciting activities for the POVB community. In this newsletter, we’ll present a short summary of the upcoming events with related deadlines and remind you of the membership renewal process.

The membership renewal process will begin on December 1, when each standing group member will be able to log in to their MyECPR account ( and renew their membership. In much the same way as initially joining the group, this process is as easy as the click of a button. Members simply need to click on the ‘My Groups’ tab, and select “Renew My Membership” next to the name of the standing group. The process should take no more than a minute or two. Those that haven’t renewed their membership before midnight (GMT) on December 31 will automatically be removed from the standing group member list. It will still be possible to re-join the group via the information page of the standing group, however those from non-ECPR members will once again need to be approved by the convenor. Given that a vital membership is a prerequisite for a vital standing group, we appeal to you to kindly take care of this process at your earliest convenience.

The CfA 2nd Leuven-Montréal Winter School on Elections and Voting Behaviour will take place on February 26 – March 5 in Montréal. Interested students should send an abstract (approximately 500 words) of their proposed paper to by December 1. Applications should also contain information on the topic of the students’ dissertation, their affiliation and the name of their supervisor, as well as the date of first enrolment in a PhD program.

The Joint Sessions (April 24–28) will be hosted across three universities, namely Scuola Normale Superiore, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the University of Pisa. There are altogether 25 workshops (, many of them addressing the issues relevant to members of our standing group. The deadline for paper proposal is December 1.

In particular, we would highlight the following workshops which deal with public opinion and/or voting behaviour:

- “Public Opinion and Public Policy – Analyzing Feedback Effects in Comparative Politics”, directed by Ellen M. Immergut (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) and Jane Gingrich (University of Oxford), for more details:

- “Social Media and the Dynamics of Public Opinion: New Avenues for Research”, directed by Robert Johns (University of Essex) and Maria Laura Sudulich (University of Kent), for more details:

The next ECPR Graduate Student Conference will be held in University of Tartu, July 10–13 ( Our standing group has endorsed two sections: “Electoral Politics”, chaired by Martin Schultze (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf) and Sabrina Mayer (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz), and “Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour”, chaired by Constantin Schaefer (Universität Mannheim) and Daniel Weber (Johannes Gutenberg – Universität Mainz). The deadline for full panels with papers and individual papers is January 20.

The ECPR General Conference 2016 takes place in Charles University in Prague, September 7–10 ( Our standing group has proposed a section “Public Opinion and Voting Behavior in Congested and Contested Political Arena”, chaired by Kees and Hanna. If accepted, we will invite at least eight panels in this section. The call for panel and paper proposals will begin on December 2 and end on February 15.

We wish you Merry Christmas and look forward to co-operation in next year,

Kees, Marina and Hanna