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The Structure of the Design Study

This research infrastructure is innovative in that it will provide an integrated database where data on attitudes and behaviour of voters are linked to data about parties and their candidates, the media reporting they are exposed to, and the political and economic context in which all these actors operate. Linking and integrating data in this way is highly complex: it combines studies on voters, elites, and the media.

The precise scientific objectives of PIREDEU are organised around five data collection activities

  1. surveys of citizens (design of the voter survey) - final questionnaires (all language and country versions)
  2. surveys of elites (design of the candidate survey) - questionnaire to be fielded [ pdf - 204KB]
  3. contents of party manifestos (design of the manifesto study)
  4. contents of news (design of the media study); and
  5. contextual data.

The teams are responsible for designing instruments for the collection of each of these types of data and for testing these instruments during a pilot study. The Data Committee (Technical Feasibility) plays an important role as it is responsible for the overall quality and integrity of the data collected in the pilot study and for evaluating the procedures involved in ensuring data quality in an eventual infrastructure.

Once the database for the pilot study on the EES 2009 is available, it promises to create unprecedented opportunities for the academic community to involve in cross-national research on electoral representation and behaviour, the role of the media, the emergence and transformation of party systems, and democratisation. It will enhance the attractiveness of Europe as an object of study and as an environment for comparative social science research. For other stakeholders, it will open a window onto processes of electoral democracy that have hitherto remained academic and obscure.

Page updated: 19/11/09
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