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14 July 2011
Call for Papers for 1st European Conference on Comparative Electoral Research "The State of the Art in Comparative Electoral Research"  
Sofia (Bulgaria), December 1-3 2011

The focus of the conference is on comparative electoral research, and we seek to recruit original papers that exploit systematic empirical research across one or more of the following dimensions of comparison: across systems (such as countries, or sub-national units), across time (short term, as when studying campaign dynamics, or long term, spanning multiple electoral cycles), across levels of government (local, regional, national and transnational). We also welcome empirical contributions that link the electoral process to representation, accountability, and legitimacy, or any other original contributions to comparative electoral research. Paper proposals (using the submission form) should be sent by September 8th.
go to extensive CfP [external link]

13 May 2011
Call for Papers for ISPA Research Committee on Elections, Citizens and Parties  
Barcelona, 7 July 2012

To launch the new IPSA- Research Committee on Elections, Citizens and Parties (ECP), a special one-day workshop on the Challenges of Electoral Integrity will be held in Madrid on Saturday 7 July 2012 immediately prior to the World Congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA). Deadline for submission of paper proposals: 1 July 2011.
go to IPSA ECP [external link]

18 March 2011
2009 European Election Candidate Study - Methodological Annex  


This report gives additional information on methodological and related issues for the 2009 European Election Candidate Study. Various aspects are covered in this document, ranging from sampling and data collection to things like post-processing and response rates. The report is available in the PIREDEU Data Centre (registration required)
access the Data Centre
register for the Data Centre


11 November 2010
Update on advance releases of PIREDEU Data: European Election Study Longitudinal Media Study (1999, 2004, 2009)  


The PIREDEU Design Study involves a fully-fledged study of the European Parliament elections of 2009, comprising of a voter study (European Election Study), a candidate study and media study, a manifesto study, and a contextual data study across all 27 member states. While the data sets for the voter, the candidates, the media, the manifesto study, and of the contextual data are available since April/May 2010, the Data Centre now also includes an initial release of the “European Election Study Longitudinal Media Study (1999, 2004, 2009)”, available after registration.
go to Data and Publications
go to registration page


6 October 2010
VACANCY: Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter  
Deadline: 22 October 2010

University of Exeter - College of Social Sciences and International Studies (Politics). The Department of Politics at the University of Exeter seeks to appoint a fixed term Research Fellowship (two years, 1 FTE, to work with Professor Jeffrey Karp and other collaborators on the ESRC-funded project "Comparative Cross-National Electoral Research" (CCNER). The Research Fellow will also contribute to other related projects including the PIREDEU project and a Marie Curie project on globalisation. The person appointed will have an advanced degree in political science or a related area of study, and the ability to work with large datasets. The closing date for completed applications is 12 noon 22 October 2010. Interviews are expected to take place shortly after the closing date.
go to full details [external link]

5 October 2010
Post Doc Position at the University of Vienna  
Deadline: 11 October 2010

The Department of Methods in the Social Sciences at the University of Vienna is advertising a one-year post doc position. The position is created for a researcher who does research which falls within the areas of political behavior, electoral behavior, party politics or representation. The applicant should have a good knowledge of quantitative research methods.
download call


Call for Papers for 2011 AFSP conference  
Deadline: 15 October 2010

At next conference of the Association Française de Science Politique, to be held in Strasbourg from August 31st to Sept 2nd 2011, Cees van der Eijk and Anne Jadot will chair a thematic session with 2 panels on "Political Communication and electoral mobilization. State of the art and perspectives for research design". Both English and French will be working languages. Proposals should be sent before 15 October 2010
download call for papers/proposals

28 July 2010
Update on advance releases of PIREDEU Data  


The PIREDEU Design Study involves a fully-fledged study of the European Parliament elections of 2009, comprising of a voter study (European Election Study), a candidate study and media study, a manifesto study, and a contextual data study across all 27 member states. After partial releases in April and May 2010 we are happy to announce that now all advanced releases of the data (for the voter, the candidates, the media, the manifesto study, and of the contextual data) are available after registration. A second release of the manifesto data has been uploaded as well.
go to Data Release Schedule
go to registration page


27 July 2010
PIREDEU at Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis  
Colchester, 31 July 2010

Bringing together the major cross-national studies in political behaviour, the short course on “Challenges and Opportunities in Cross-national Electoral Research“ provides an overview of the opportunities available to researchers who are interested in comparative cross-national electoral research. It introduces participants to two well established, far reaching and widely used comparative projects namely the European Election Study (EES) and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES).
go to Essex Summer School 2010 [external link]
download programme


5 July 2010
Call for session proposal, European Survey Research Association annual conference  
Lausanne, July 2011

The European Survey Research Association (ESRA) has published a call for session proposals for its 4th annual conference to take place in Lausanne (Switzerland), 18-22 July 2011. Session proposals are invited in any area of survey methodology, or in substantive areas of survey research. The closing date for session proposals is 31 August 2010.
go to call for proposals [external link]

4 June 2010
VACANCY - Research Fellow at University of Exeter  
Deadline: 2 July 2010

The Department of Politics, University of Exeter, is seeking to appoint a full time Research Fellow in Cross-National Electoral Research at the Centre for Elections, Media and Parties (CEMaP) to work with Prof. Susan Banducci on the EU-funded project “Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union” (PIREDEU) and other related projects immediately.
go to vacancy notice [external link]
download vacancy notice (further particulars)


12 May 2010
Position of a Marie Curie Fellow (Experienced Researcher) available at European University Institute (EUI) in Florence  
Deadline: 15 June 2010

One Marie Curie Fellow (Experienced Researcher) Position within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Electoral Democracy (ELECDEM) is available from 1 September, 2010 at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, for one year. ELECDEM brings together 11 expert teams from 9 European countries to provide substantive and methodological training in voting behaviour and elections research to a cohort of early stage and experienced researchers. The objective of the network and associated projects is to evaluate the functioning of democracies in the context of globalisation and technological and institutional change. One research project, the European Union Democracy Observatory, is hosted at the EUI’s Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies. Its goal is to produce a permanent and periodic assessment of democratic practices within the EU. The experienced researcher would be housed within the Public Opinion observatory of EUDO where s/he will be expected to contribute to the work of the observatory along with pursuing his or her own research. The deadline for applications is 15 June 2010.
download vacancy notice [external link]
go to ELECDEM website [external link]


30 April 2010
EUDO-Book on the 2009 EP Elections published  


The EUI's European Union Democracy Observatory (EUDO) and its 'subdivision' EU-Profiler have published a book on "The 2009 Elections to the European Parliament”, edited by Wojciech Gagatek. It contains 5 introductory chapters, investigating various aspects of this election comparatively, and 24 country reports, offering reliable analyses written by country experts.
go to download page [external link]
go to EUDO [external link]


20 April 2010
Save the date: Short course on PIREDEU and CSES data during APSA 2010 Conference  
Washington, USA, 1 September 2010

The CSES and PIREDEU are offering a joint short course on electoral research using data from the comparative study of electoral systems (CSES) project and the European Election Studies (EES) series. The short course will take place during the 2010 Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association (APSA)
go to APSA 2010 Short Course

19 April 2010
PIREDEU Panel at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) 2010 Conference  
Chicago, USA, 22 April 2010, 12:45 pm

The panel “Electoral Democracy in the European Union” (7-2) will be chaired by Sara Binzer Hobolt, University of Oxford, and the following papers will be presented: 1. “A Contested Europe? EU Issue Voting in the European Parliamentary Elections, 2009”, by Catherine De Vries, Wouter Van Der Brug, and Marcel Van Egmond, University of Amsterdam, and Cees Van Der Eijk, University of Nottingham; 2. “The Second Order Election Model Revisited: An Experimental Test of Vote Choices in Multi-Level Elections”, by Sara Binzer Hobolt, University of Oxford, and Jill Wittrock, University of Exeter; 3. “Understanding the Linkages Between Citizens and Representatives: Policy Congruence in the EU”, by Sylvia Kritzinger, University of Vienna, and Gail McElroy, Trinity College, Dublin; 4. “Thirty Years of European Parliament Elections: Still Second Order?”, by Michael Marsh, Trinity College, Dublin. Discussant: Robert Rohrschneider, University of Kansas.
go to MPSA conference website [external link]

16 April 2010
Advance Release of PIREDEU Data available  


The PIREDEU Design Study involves a fully-fledged study of the European Parliament elections of 2009, comprising of a voter study (European Election Study), a candidate study and media study, a manifesto study, and a contextual data study across all 27 member states. We are happy to announce that the advanced release of the data (for the voter, the media, and the manifesto study) is now available after registration. The data of the candidate study and the contextual data will be released later this month.
go to Data Release Schedule
go to registration page


15 April 2010
Call for Papers for Final Conference  
Brussels, 18-19 November 2010

The Final User Conference of the PIREDEU Design Study will take place in Brussels on 18 and 19 November 2010. The conference will evaluate the PIREDEU pilot study and its added value for the European social science community and other stakeholders. Experts from the PIREDEU community will be invited to employ the data collected in the pilot studies. A call for paper has now been published, deadline for the online submission is: 24 May 2010.
go to the section on the final conference

6 April 2010
Short Course on “Challenges and Opportunities in Cross-national Electoral Research”  
Course during the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis, 30-31 July 2010

Bringing together the major cross-national studies in political behaviour, this short course provides an overview of the opportunities available to researchers who are interested in comparative cross-national electoral research. It introduces participants to two well established, far reaching and widely used comparative projects namely the European Election Study (EES) and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). During these short course participants will have the opportunity to acquire information from the leading researchers working on these projects. Participants should have a keen interest and enthusiasm for electoral research. Some parts of the course will be technical and participants should have at least a basic understanding of regression analysis, data interpretation and inference. Interested participants can register (before 1 May 2010) via the main site of the Essex Summer School.
go to the Essex Summer School website

18 March 2010
Save the date: Final User Conference of the PIREDEU Design Study  
Brussels, 18-19 November 2010

The Final User Conference of the PIREDEU Design Study will take place in Brussels on 18 and 19 November 2010. The conference will evaluate the PIREDEU pilot study and its added value for the European social science community and other stakeholders. Experts from the PIREDEU community will be invited to employ the data collected in the pilot studies and to provide suggestions in view of the establishment of a permanent infrastructure for European research on elections.
go to the section on the final conference

3 February 2010
Call for applications for 1st ELECDEM Workshop on Electoral Survey Design  
Budapest, 30 April - 4 May 2010

The ELECDEM Training Network in Electoral Democracy is organising an advanced and specialised training session. In addition to the ELECDEM researchers, the workshops will be open to a number of participants to include early stage researchers from non-participating institutions and non-Marie-Curie researchers from the participating institutions who will benefit from the training. There are places available on both a funded and self-funded basis. The deadline for reciept of applications is Friday 26 February 2010.
download application package
for more information contact ELECDEM


19 January 2010
Call for applications for European Winter School on “Methodological Issues in Comparative Electoral Analysis”  
Nottingham, 8-11 March 2010

This Winter School offers an exciting and intensive 4-day opportunity for young scholars to update and extend their analytical and substantive expertise in the field of comparative electoral studies. The focus will be on “Analytical Challenges in Comparative Research”. The Winter School is an activity of the Cost Action ‘The True European Voter’ and is organised by the Social Sciences Methods and Data Institute of the University of Nottingham. The application form can be downloaded from the website of the Action. Applications should reach the organizers by 1 February 2010.
download programme and poster [external link]
go to website for application form [external link]


11 December 2009
Registration open for Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods for Social Research 2010 on ‘Modern Regression’  


The theme for the Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods for Social Research 2010 is ‘Modern Regression’ (Incorporating models for categorical data, nonparametic regression, robust regression, multilevel models and regression diagnostics.) In a departure from its usual format of a week of intensive short courses, the Spring School 2010 is a five-day course. Given the cumulative nature of the course material, participants will need to attend from the start and it is not possible to register for just part of the course. The course will be held on 15-19 March 2010. Registration is now open and will close at noon on Friday 29 January 2010.
go to Spring School page [external link]

30 October 2009
Timetable for the public release of PIREDEU data  


The PIREDEU Steering Committee, at its meeting on 9 September 2009, approved the timetable for the public release of the data. 'User Beware' versions will be made available during the months January to March 2010, the final release is foreseen for December 2010.
go to data release timetable


Questionnaires used for the Voter Survey are now available  


The final versions of the questionnaires fielded during the Voter Survey are now available for download. The compressed file includes all language and country versions.
go to Study Components
download zip [3.8 MB]


29 October 2009
APSA Short Course - Background material available  


The CSES and PIREDEU organised a joint short course on electoral research using data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and the European Election Studies (EES) series. This short course took place during the APSA Conference, 2 September 2009, Toronto, Canada. You can now download the background material and the presentations of the course.
go to APSA Short Course

28 October 2009
Call for Papers and Panels  
Fifth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics, Porto, June 2010

Sara B. Hobolt, the Section Chair for the section on "Public Opinion, Party Politics and Interest Intermediation" at the Fifth Pan-European Conference on EU Politics, invites paper or panel proposals on any aspect of electoral democracy, representation, parties, the media and public opinion in the European Union. This conference is organised by ecpr Standing Group on the European Union and will be held in Porto, Portugal, from 24 to 26 June 2010. Proposals can be submitted online. Please note that the deadline is 30 November 2009.
go to proposal page [external link]

26 August 2009
Edited volume by Jacques Thomassen on “The Legitimacy of the European Union After Enlargement”  
(published in May 2009)

In 2004 the European Union was enlarged with ten new member states. This enlargement was without precedent in the history of the Union and its predecessors. It is still to be seen how well the institutions as well as the citizens of the Union are able to cope with the consequences of this operation. The authors of this volume evaluate the effect of that enlargement on its legitimacy. They do so by assessing the effects of enlargement on the functioning of the process of political representation in the European Union and on the feelings of the European people towards the Union. This study is mainly based on data from the European Election Study 2004.
go to OUP website [external link]

5 August 2009
APSA Short Course - New Opportunities, New Challenges: The CSES & EES Data Sets  
APSA Conference, 2 September 2009, Toronto, Canada

The CSES and PIREDEU are offering a joint short course on electoral research using data from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and the European Election Studies (EES) series. The CSES contributors will provide participants with a broad overview of the rich data set that constitutes the CSES, to develop an appreciation of the wide variety of research questions that can be addressed with CSES data, and to explore some of the methodological challenges that are involved in using multi-level data. The ESS contributors will provide participants an introduction to the content and the analytical possibilities of the EES as an instrument of comparative studies on electoral politics, political parties, political behavior, representation and European integration. During the afternoon session, the instructors will assist participants on issues and concerns that arise in their own research. The short course is ideally suited for both graduate students and faculty members who are working in these areas and who would like to know more about the current state of cross-national electoral research. This course is free, but registration is required.
more information and schedule
email registration


16 July 2009
Experienced Researcher Position within Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Electoral Democracy (ELECDEM)  
Deadline: 30 September 2009

An Experienced Researcher Position within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Electoral Democracy (ELECDEM) is available from 1 January, 2010 at the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO), Bratislava, Slovakia. Within ELECDEM, the research project on Electoral Behavior in New Democracies will be hosted at the public policy research think-tank IVO. Applications must be received by September 30, 2009. Short-listed applicants will be invited for a personal interview in 2. Half of October.
go to vacancy notice [external link]
ELECDEM website [external link]


12 May 2009
Final Questionnaires for the Voter and Candidate Surveys  


The final questionnaires to be fielded by the Voter and Candidate Survey Teams are now available for download
go to study components

10 March 2009
Invitation to Tender  


The European University Institute, coordinator of the PIREDEU Design Study, has published an open invitation to tender for a Survey of EU Citizens at the Time of the EP Elections 2009. Deadline: 6 April 2009
Full documentation [external link, EUI]

15 December 2008
Complementary Project receives funding from ESRC  
"Perceptions of Power:Voter Attribution of Responsibility within the European Union"

This aim of this ESRC-funded project is to examine voters’ perceptions of governmental responsibility in the context of European Parliament elections.This project is the first study of attribution of responsibility in the context of elections in a multi-level system of governance. Moreover, since the survey will be fielded simultaneously in 27 countries, this provides a unique comparative study of perceptions of power, and allows us to examine how characteristics of countries influence how voters allocate responsibility for different policy areas to different levels of government, EU or national, and how these allocations influence vote choices. The project complements PIREDEU and is carried out in cooperation with many other researchers involved in PIREDEU..
read full project outline [external link]

19 November 2008
Temporary Closure of the Open Forum  


In view of the Steering Committee on 21 and 22 November 2008, no more comments on the draft data instruments will be possible to the Forum. Once the results of the Steering Committee deliberations are available, the finalized data instruments will be posted on the Forum (expected in late January 2009)
go to Open Forum Overview
go immediately to Open Forum


1 August 2008
Open Forum for consultation is online again  


A key element of the PIREDEU pilot study is consultation with the wider research community, through an open procedure, that allows us to take the research needs and preferences of the user community into account when designing the data collection instruments. During this second consultation phase users can comments on each of five data collection components of the PIREDEU study. Currently, comments are welcomed on a table of core concepts for the establishment of survey questionnaires and coding schemes.
go to Open Forum Overview
go immediately to Open Forum


29 July 2008
Extensive bibliography for European Election Studies now available  


On online bibliography for European Election Studies is now available. This database does not only include bibliographical references to former European Election Studies but includes in addition relevant publications of the main PIREDEU researchers considering the project’s key themes: European elections, Democracy, Citizenship, Political Parties, Electoral Behaviour, Media, Candidates, Party Manifestos. Additions to this database are welcomed by everyone who would like to contribute to this extensive resource on European Election Studies.
go to the bibliograpy

4 July 2008
PIREDEU short course at the EPOP Conference  
12-14 September, 2008, Manchester University

During the 2008 Elections, Public Opinion and Parties (EPOP) conference, to be held at the University of Manchester, PIREDEU will offer a pre-conference short course on the European Election Studies and the surveys for the EP 2009 elections to be carried out in the framework of the PIREDEU Design Study. EPOP is a specialist group of the UK Political Studies Association. The course will be facilitated by Marcel van Egmond and Cees van der Eijk; it will take place from 10:00-13:00 on Friday, 12 September.
go to EPOP 2008 conference website (external link)
for further information contact Marcel van Egmond


16 June 2008
Steering Committee Meeting  
19-21 June, 2008, Amsterdam

The Steering Committee of the PIREDEU Design Study will meet in Amsterdam to discuss, inter alia, the scientific and technical guidelines for the data collection instruments in view of the surveys to be carried out at the occasion of the 2009 elections to the European Parliament
more on the Steering Committee
for further information contact


21 May 2008
Vacancies: Postdoctoral Research Fellow and ESRC CASE Studentship, University of Nottingham  
Deadlines: 12/16 June 2008

The Methods and Data Institute of the University of Nottingham is currently looking to fill two positions, one for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on the PIREDEU project and one for a fully-funded ESRC CASE PhD Studentship which has been secured in conjunction with the CSPL. Please see the relevant vacancies page on the Methods and Data Institute website for fuller details.
go to vacancies page (external link)

9 May 2008
PIREDEU short course at the APSA Annual Meeting  
Boston, Massachusetts, August 28-31, 2008

The PIREDEU Design Study offers a short course at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association on the 'European Election Studies'. It will take place on 27 August 2008, 1 - 5 pm, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. The short course presents an overview of the content and the analytical possibilities of the EES as an instrument of comparative studies on electoral politics, political parties, political behavior, representation and European integration. The course is ideally suited for both graduate students and faculty members who are working in these research areas and who would like to know more about the European Election Studies. Please register with Dr. Sara Hobolt.
download course outline [pdf - 110 KB)
for further information contact Dr. Sara Hobolt


15 April 2008
Open Forum for consultation is online  


A key element of the PIREDEU pilot study is consultation with the wider research community, through an open procedure, that allows us to take the research needs and preferences of the user community into account when designing the data collection instruments. We welcome proposals and comments on each of five data collection components of the PIREDEU study. The first consultation phase will end on 14 June 2008.
go to Open Forum Overview
go immediately to Open Forum


2 April 2008
Position announcement at the University of Vienna - I - Post-Doc  
Deadline 15 April 2008

The Department of Methods in the Social Sciences of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna announces the opening for an Assistant position (Post-Doc) (40 hours per week) from September 1, 2008 (or earlier if necessary), appointed for a period of four years. Candidates are expected to do research related to the areas of: ‘electoral behaviour’, ‘public opinion’, ‘democratic representation’ and ‘Europeanisation of party politics’. The head of department is Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kritzinger, member of the PIREDEU reserach team. Detailed information can be found in the full position accouncement.
Position announcement on website of Vienna Univ.


Position announcement at the University of Vienna - II - Pre-Doc  
Deadline 15 April 2008

The Department of Methods in the Social Sciences of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna announces the opening for a PhD position (Pre-doc) (40 hours per week) from September 1, 2008 (or earlier if necessary), appointed for a period of four years. Candidates are expected to have an interest in the following research areas: ‘electoral behaviour’, ‘public opinion’, ‘democratic representation’ and ‘Europeanisation of party politics’. Candidates are expected to be able to teach a course in one of the subfields mentioned. The head of department is Univ.-Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kritzinger, member of the PIREDEU reserach team. Detailed information can be found in the full position accouncement.
Position announcement on website of Vienna Univ.

28 March 2008
www.piredeu.eu goes online  


The PIREDEU Website goes online. This website will provide topical information concerning the project. In particular, it will make available publications, reports and articles of the Research Consortium. In addition, links to other information sources relating to the project's research fields are provided, as well as regularly updated information on events organised in the framework of PIREDEU.


20 February 2008
Kick-off meeting and First User Community Conference  
20-23 February 2008, European University Institute

The first PIREDEU conference will be organized in Florence where the details of the PIREDEU design study will be discussed, and where responsibilities will be assigned for the work in each of the different study teams, and for producing the study output. The PIREDEU user community has been invited to propose areas of research to address with the data that will be collected within this design study.
go to Event
download final programme [pdf - 110 KB)


1 February 2008
Start of the PIREDEU Project  


The 1st of February 2008 is the official starting date of the PIREDEU Design Study. The project is co-funded by the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Unions for 36 months, hence until 31 January 2011.
download project summary [pdf - 350 KB)

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Data Release
Availability of data releases

PIREDEU eBook
An Audit of Democracy in the European Union

      

EES Bibliography
Extensive bibliography for European Election Studies

Project Results Flyer
Download the PIREDEU Results Brochure (long) [ pdf - 1.2MB]

Project Results Flyer
Download the PIREDEU Results Brochure (short) [ pdf - 950KB]

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