Causes and Consequences of Ideological Polarization

Research question/goal: 

The main goal of the project is to analyze electoral democracy amongst European countries. This means to study the effective working of elections in a comparative perspective, that is to study the effects of social and political environment on electoral. This also means to integrate and harmonize the diverse data-sets of national election studies, in order to obtain a wide integrated data source for further research.

Current stage: 

The topic of the dissertation has been sub-divided into three sub-themes. One of those three focuses on the relationship between ideological polarisation and rivalling theories of issue voting. More in particular, it is argued in a conference paper that rising ideological polarisation increases the utility of the directional model of issue voting. Under condition of high polarisation, the directional model is a better predictor of vote choices than the smallest distance model.In the Eight Research Programme the project moved to  "Marie Curie Initial Training Network in Electoral Democracy (ELECDEM)"

Fact sheet

2009 to 2010
continued elsewhere
Data Sources: 
National election studies
Geographic Space: