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June 11, 2021

Polling booth, postal ballot or internet? The voting-mode preferences of Americans

Carolina Plescia Interest in postal voting has increased during the pandemic as a means to avoid in-person contact. But exactly who is choosing to vote by mail? Carolina Plescia, Semra Sevi and André Blais find that the biggest cleavage in US citizen preferences about how to vote is generational, not ideological Read more
June 8, 2021

Votes from expats could have produced a very different outcome in the Dutch general elections

Ekaterina Rashkova Millions of people no longer live in their countries of birth, and this can distort political representation, argues Ekaterina Rashkova-Gerbrands. If expats had been eligible to vote in recent Dutch parliamentary elections, we would have seen more support for innovative parties such as the D66 and Groen Links Read more
May 25, 2021

Voters can close the gender gap in Latvia's forthcoming municipal elections

Laura Dean Candidate lists in Latvia contain only 38.6% women. Latvia is unlikely to improve women’s representation in its municipal elections unless Latvian voters adopt preference voting, and 'plus' their women candidates, writes Laura Dean Read more
May 18, 2021

How welfare state policies prevent the insecure from voting far right

Daphne Halikiopoulou Economic insecurity creates favourable conditions for far-right parties, who turn discontent into political advantage. Welfare state policies, argue Daphne Halikiopoulou and Tim Vlandas, must therefore focus on moderating these risks, and reducing the likelihood of insecure people voting far right Read more
May 17, 2021

Can policy choice reduce the income gap in voting?

Matt Polacko The rich are more likely to vote than the poor. This, along with income inequality, are increasing phenomena across the West. Matt Polacko introduces supply-side logic to reveal that higher levels of income inequality are indeed associated with reduced voting rates, and a wider income gap in turnout. However, it is possible to mitigate both […] Read more
May 10, 2021

How do voters view women political leaders?

Ruth Dassonneville Ruth Dassonneville, Stephen Quinlan and Ian McAllister go beyond the conventional wisdoms about women in politics to explore how the public views women leaders. Their findings suggest that women are more popular leaders than men, but are less successful in translating that popularity into votes Read more
March 11, 2021

Popular wisdom says political parties aren’t responsive to public opinion. Our research found otherwise

Jonathan Polk Political parties are the mainstay of our democracy – but do they adapt to changes in public opinion? In new research, Raimondas Ibenskas and Jonathan Polk reassure us that they do Read more
February 11, 2021

How the mobilisation of the politically disaffected works to the advantage of right-wing populist parties

Julia Schulte-Cloos To understand support for right-wing populist parties, we need to analyse not just voters who disengage from established parties, but also those who never voted in the first place, writes Julia Schulte-Cloos Read more

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