Voting Advice Applications
Number of members: 72
Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) have become a widespread online feature of electoral campaigns in Europe. These popular internet tools are designed to help voters to compare their policy preferences on major issues with the positions of political parties/candidates on these policies. As they have been established in many European countries – and as they are used intensively by voters – Voting Advice Applications have started to constitute a sub-field of political science research resulting in several national research projects, publications and European networking. The aim of this Research Network is to bring together all scholars interested in Voting Advice Applications, their role in democratic elections, and their relationship with parties, voters, and patterns of political communication in Europe and beyond. Scholars making use of VAA-generated data to address broader research questions in electoral behaviour and party politics research are especially welcome.
The aim of this Research Network is to address the role of VAAs in European democracies, to coordinate research, to exchange data and instruments and to bridge VAA research to central fields of political science such as electoral studies, party research, and democratic theory. Taking advantage of the ECPR framework, the VAA Research Network will facilitate the dissemination of findings and best-practices to the growing number of international scholars and practitioners working with and on VAAs.
Activities within the ECPR framework
Network and dissemination activities
"The less the power, the greater the desire to exercise it" - Bernard Levin