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Elections, Politics, and Political Behavior

Empirical elections and politics research looks at political behavior and the political attitudes of voters, parties and their members, and candidates. Political studies use complex survey designs that connect data from different sources (e.g. voters’ and candidates’ responses to survey) and different structures (e.g. cross-sectional or longitudinal surveys). GESIS offers one such complex study: the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES). In addition, GESIS hosts the Secretariat of the Comparative Study of Election Systems (CSES), with data collected from some 60 countries. It also grants researchers access to national and international survey programs like the Politbarometer or the European Election Study. Reflecting the principle of research-based data infrastructure GESIS employees –– conduct original research on these national and comparative studies. Staff specialties include: economic influence on vote choice (including wealth and ideological perceptions about economic redistribution); electoral and non-electoral participation; individual determinants of vote choice; and the impact of social media on voters, politicians, and political parties.

  • Katsanidou, Alexia. 2011. "Citizen representation in the EP election." Max Weber Programme Lustrum Conference. European University Institute.
  • Roßmann, Joss, Jan Eric Blumenstiel, and Markus Steinbrecher. 2011. "Sind Abbrecher anders? Ergebnisse von Abbrecherbefragungen im Rahmen der Online-Trackings der German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES)." Gemeinsame Tagung "Onlineforschung" des DVPW-Arbeitskreises "Empirische Methoden der Politikwissenschaft" und der DGS-Sektion "Methoden der Empirischen Sozialforschung".
  • Katsanidou, Alexia, and Markus Quandt. 2011. "Data Sharing in DASISH." IASSIST 2011 : Data Science Professionals: a Global Community of Sharing.
  • Eder, Christina, and Jessica Fortin. 2011. "The effects of electoral rules on gender representation: An artefact of the data or of the parties?" Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA).
  • Roßmann, Joss, Jan Eric Blumenstiel, and Markus Steinbrecher. 2011. "A new approach to the analysis of survey drop-out: Results from a follow-up survey in the German Longitudinal Election Study (GLES)." GOR 11 : General Online Research Conference.