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2021 Conference of the ECPR Standing Group on Politics and Gender

Studying the Elite-Citizen Gap Using VAA Data

Political Parties
Electoral Behaviour
Voting Behaviour
Panel Number
Panel Discussant
Kostas Gemenis
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies – MPIfG

24/08/2018 17:40 - 19:20
Building: VMP 5 Floor: 2 Room: 2067
A topic that has attracted much attention among scholars in recent years, especially those focused on Western political systems, is the purported crisis in representation. The phenomenon refers to an increasing disconnect between citizens and elites (from individual representatives, through to parties and governments). The representation gap has been studied from a variety of conceptual lenses and empirical frames, from a democratic responsiveness angle (Powell 2004) and broader ideological congruence perspective (Powell 2009) to narrower concerns with policy and issue congruence among voters and elites (e.g. Thomassen 2012). VAAs constitute a rich, yet under-exploited, data source for empirical analyses that aim to contribute to this crucial debate. To address the VAA data source gap in the literature, this panel welcomes papers that draw on VAA datasets to study the quality of representation broadly understood. This includes the study of congruence between voters and elites at different levels of aggregation, from candidate to parties, and with respect to different foci, from broader ideological scales to specific policy issues. Innovations in how to measure elite-voter congruence are welcome while papers with a comparative focus, either cross-national or over time, are particularly encouraged.

Paper List

Title Details
Mapping Parties' Positions on Foreign and Security Issues in the EU, 2009-2014 View Paper Details
Measuring Issue Congruence Between German Parties and Voters. Evidence from VAA Data in Three German Elections View Paper Details
Tell Me Which Party to Vote For: a New Proposal of Voting Advice Application View Paper Details
VAA Users: Young, Men, Well-Educated and Politically Interested. Does the Pattern Change Over Time? View Paper Details
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