3rd Leuven-Montreal Winter School on Elections, 25 February - 5 March 2017, University of Leuven (Belgium)
Elections and voting behaviour are central topics in political science. This leads to a large and continuously expanding literature on voters and their behaviour during elections. Almost by definition, this line of research calls for sophisticated research, both from a theoretical and a methodological point of view. Furthermore, methods to investigate these topics are varied and evolving rapidly. The high quality standards in the field imply that there is a need for specific training for PhD students working on these topics. The Leuven-Montréal Winter School addresses this need by offering a program focused on theories and methods in the study of elections and voting behaviour. The Winter School is organized jointly by the universities of Montréal and Leuven, and is based on the expertise of these universities and other well-known scholars on elections and voting behaviour. For an overview of the previous editions, see the websites of the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Winter School.
The school consists of 7 days of teaching, with approximately 42 contact hours. The contact hours are comprised of staff lectures, student presentations and seminar discussions.
Lectures in this third edition will be given by Kees Aarts (University of Groningen), Eva Anduiza (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal), Elias Dinas (University of Oxford), David Farrell (University College Dublin), Marc Hooghe (University of Leuven), Ann-Kristin Kölln (University of Leuven) and Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa). The following topics will be covered: party leaders, corruption, electoral volatility, electoral systems, voter turnout and election forecasting. The methods day will offer an introduction to causal inference for electoral research.
Interested students should send an abstract (approximately 500 words) of their proposed paper to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1st 2016. Applications should include 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. In addition, applications have to include an indication of students’ quantitative methods skills (e.g., courses taken, software packages used, experience in performing statistical analyses).
The full program, as well as more information on how to apply for the program can be found here.
Workshop: Voters adrift, Consequences of electoral dealignment in representative democracies, 2-3 december 2016, Montreal
In many advanced democracies, voters appear to be ‘adrift’ (Andeweg, 1982). Indeed, linkages between citizens and parties are weakening. As a result, voter turnout rates are decreasing, election results are increasingly unstable and party systems are hugely volatile. Political parties, however, are traditionally considered to be at the very heart of democracy. As a result, the erosion of the bonds between citizens and parties – also referred to as dealignment – constitutes a major challenge the functioning of representative democracies.
Are electorates that are ‘adrift’ able to select representatives who will act in their best interest? Are parties adjusting how they are organized and what strategies they implement to convince volatile voters? And is responsiveness endangered by the erosion of the linkages between citizens and parties?
The aim of this two-day workshop is address these research questions and to bring together research addressing this important challenge for democracy. During this workshop, studies will be presented that examine the consequences of dealignment for electoral behaviour, for political parties as well as for democratic representation.
This workshop is organized by the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Democracy at the University of Montreal and is generously supported by the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship.
The full program, as well as more information, can be found here.