Winter School 2012

True European Voter - Winter School

Welcome to the True European Voter 3rd Winter school 
on Methodological Issues 
in Comparative Electoral Analysis  

6-9 February 2012,

LUISS Guido Carli, Rome


 
 

The COST Action IS0806 “The True European Voter: A Strategy for Analyzing the Prospects of European Electoral Democracy that includes the West, the South and the East of the Continent” is organizing a third Winter School on “Methodological Issues in Comparative Electoral Analysis chaired by Professor Cees van der Eijk, with Dr Anne Jadot as deputy director. It will be held in the facilities of the University LUISS Guido Carli from Monday 6th in the morning (arrival of participants required on Sunday 5th) until Thursday 9th lunch time (departure in the late afternoon/evening). Those participants willing to stay longer and get more personalized advice on their current research projects will be able to do so on Thursday 9th in the afternoon (provided they are paying themselves for the costs of an extra night and register in advance with the instructors).

This third Winter School follows up on the highly successful ones which were held at the University of Nottingham in March 2010 and at the University of Warsaw in February 2011. It is expected that participants to both previous Winter Schools will highly profit from attending again, as the new program will deepen and expand their knowledge in comparative electoral research, with new topics covered. However, participation in the first two Winter Schools is no prerequisite for taking part in the third one, and newcomers are therefore equally encouraged to apply (familiarity with research methods and statistics is assumed up to the level of OLS regression, as is familiarity with a statistical package such as SPSS, STATA, etc.).

 Among the topics covered by the third Winter School:

- structural equation modelling, not only for the intrinsic value of latent variable modelling but also in combination with regression, in order to show the relative benefits of each and the interest to combine them;

- issues in data quality for electoral research, reflecting upon the relative merits of various types of data, with practical examples pertaining to turnout (ie aggregate returns, surveys and records from electoral registers);

- the impact of weighting procedures and solutions to handle electoral behaviour misreporting;

- contemporary issues in data management (documentation, meta-data, availabillity in databank for secondary analyses, good practises of data storing and sharing) and data linking

in order to connect respondents with other units of analysis (such as countries, parties or media sources)

- issues and solutions for data visualisation, in order to convey in a efficient way multivariate information to academics, as well as non-academics (TBC).

- a guest lecture on Italian politics, before and after Berlusconi, by Professor Paolo Segatti.

 The Winter School will combine lectures with practical tutorials and discussions within small interactive sub-groups. Overall, the participants with be provided with opportunity to interrogate lecturers and instructors about their own research. Various statistical packages will be presented and used. As computing facilities will not be available on site, participants are encouraged to bring their laptops including the statistical packages they regularly use.