CfP: Voting Advice Applications and Party Positioning. Measuring Policy Positions of Parties and Intra-Party Cohesiveness

Call for Papers to the ECPR 2016 General Conference panel: Voting Advice Applications and Party Positioning. Measuring Policy Positions of Parties and Intra-Party Cohesiveness

Panel description
There are various ways to position political parties. A possible approach is to ask the leadership of the party to position the parties and provide a brief justification of this placement. Other approaches include expert surveys and manifesto analyses – all bearing distinctive well-known advantages as well as drawbacks. Finally, we can use the position of the candidates. This way we will have the information by the source itself (instead of depending to an external source, such as an expert who may not know the party's position on the less salient issues), but at the same time we overcome the disadvantages of asking only the leadership of the party (i.e. non-response, manipulation of the position to make their party appear closer to the most popular positions, and lack of any measure of uncertainty). In addition, candidate data, whether gathered through surveys or ‘candidate-oriented’ Voting Advice Applications, allow for an estimation of the degree of intra-party policy cohesion. We welcome the submission of papers that deal with any of the methods of party and candidate positioning. We strongly encourage papers that compare two or more methods and we are extremely interested in papers that use candidate data as the basis of one of the compared estimates of either interparty or intra-party policy differences.

This ECPR General Conference 2016 panel has been proposed as part of the accepted section Advancing Research on Voting Advice Applications – Studying Issue Voting, Party/Candidates Positioning and Democratic Representation. This panel is endorsed by the ECPR Standing Group on Elites and Political Leadership.

If you wish to propose a paper please send to the chairs of the panel Ioannis Andreadis (john@auth.gr) and Patrick Dumont (patrick.dumont@uni.lu) the following information: title and abstract (no more than 500 words) of the paper, the presenter’s and co-author’s (if any) email addresses as registered in their MyECPR account. In order to allow us enough time to organize the panel, please send your proposal until 12 February 2016.