CSDP Announces Research Partnership: Making Electoral Democracy Work

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2009

The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics has joined a dozen other research centers around the world in a major initiative, based in Canada, to develop a comprehensive understanding of how the rules of the game influence parties and voters as well as the dynamic relationship between them. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada awarded the major grant for a seven-year research project entitled “Making Electoral Democracy Work." The goal of the study is to examine 27 elections (national, supra-national, and sub-national) in five countries (Canada, France, Germany, Spain, and Switzerland). It will include: an internet panel survey of the same citizens over different elections; an analysis of party strategies in these same 27 elections; and a series of innovative experiments designed to complement the analyses of party and voter behavior.


Christopher Achen, Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences in the Department of Politics, and CSDP-affiliated faculty member, is one of a team of researchers leading the study. The team leader is Andre Blais, Professor of Political Science at the University of Montreal, and Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies.


In addition to CSDP, the Research Partners of the Making Electoral Democracy Work project are:


Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations
Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship
Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions
Directeur Général des Élections du Québec
Institute for Research on Public Policy

Association Française de Science Politique
Groupe Argent et Politique de Association Française de Science Politique

Bertelsmann Foundation
Mannheim Centre for European Social Research

Centro de Investigaciones Sociologicas

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)

NCCR Democracy 21