Political participation and public opinion
Recent publications from FORS on political participation and public opinion
Electoral Competition in Europe’s New Tripolar Political Space : Class Voting for the Left, Centre-Right and Radical Right, Oesch Daniel, Rennwald Line, 2018. European Journal of Political Researchpp. 1-25. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Does Commitment Change Worldviews?, Monsch Gian-Andrea, Passy Florence, 2018. pp. 231-246 dans Tillmann Robin, Voorpostel Marieke, Farago Peter (eds.) Social Dynamics in Swiss Society, Springer International Publishing. [DOI]
Social Dynamics in Swiss Society. Empirical Studies Based on the Swiss Household Panel, Tillmann Robin, Voorpostel Marieke, Farago Peter, 2018., Springer International Publishing. [DOI]
Measuring Issue Ownership. A Comparative Question Wording Experiment, Lefevere Jonas, Stubager Rune, Walgrave Stefaan, Tresch Anke, 2017. Scandinavian Political Studies, 40 (1) pp. 120-131. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
How parties’ issue emphasis strategies vary across communication channels. The 2009 regional election campaign in Belgium, Tresch, Anke; Lefevere, Jonas and Stefaan Walgrave, 2017. Acta Politica. [DOI]
Measuring Issue Ownership. A Comparative Question Wording Experiment, Lefevere, Jonas, Stubager, Rune, Walgrave, Stefaan and Anke Tresch, 2016. Scandinavian Political Studies. [DOI]
Eidgenössische Wahlen 2015. Wahlteilnahme und Wahlentscheid. Lausanne: Selects- FORS (also available in French and Italian). Lutz, Georg, 2016.
The Media as a Dual Mediator of the Political Agenda Setting Effect of Protest. A Longitudinal Study in Six West-European Countries, Vliegenthart, Rens; Walgrave, Stefaan; Wouters, Ruud; Hutter, Swen; Jennings, Will; Gava, Roy; Tresch, Anke; Varone, Frédéric; Grossman, Emiliano; Breunig, Christian; Brouard, Sylvain and Laura Chaqués Bonafont, 2016. Social Forces 95(2): 837-859.
Do the Media Set the Parliamentary Agenda? A Comparative Study in Seven Countries, Vliegenthart, Rens, Walgrave, Stefaan, Baumgartner, Frank R., Bevan, Shaun, Breunig, Christian, Brouard, Sylvain, Chaqués Bonafont, Laura, Grossman, Emiliano, Jennings, Will, Mortensen, Peter B., Palau, Anna, Sciarini, Pascal and Anke Tresch, 2016. European Journal of Political Research 55: 283-301.
The Conflation of Issue Ownership Measures with Position and Party Preference. A Question Wording Experiment, Walgrave, Stefaan, Van Camp, Kirsten, Lefevere, Jonas and Anke Tresch, 2016. Electoral Studies 42: 290-299.
Mind the Gap. Do Proportional Electoral Systems Foster a More Equal Representation of Women and Men, Poor and Rich ?, Bernauer J., Giger N., Rosset J., 2015. International Political Science Review, 36(1) pp. 78-98. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Representation of Political Opinions: Is the Structuring Pattern of Policy Preferences the Same For Citizens and Elites?, Kissau, Kathrin, Georg Lutz, and Jan Rosset, 2015. In Marc Bühlmann and Jan Fivaz (eds). Political Representation – New Insights into Old Questions. Routledge.
Associative Issue Ownership as a Determinant of Voters’ Campaign Attention, Lefevere, Jonas, Tresch, Anke and Stefaan Walgrave, 2015. West European Politics 38(4): 888-908. [DOI]
Lone Fighters: Intraparty Competition, Interparty Competition, and Candidates’ Vote Seeking Efforts in Open-Ballot PR Election. Selb, Peter, and Georg Lutz, 2015. Electoral Studies 39, 329-337.
In Search of Political Influence. Outside Lobbying Behavior and Media Coverage of Social Movements, Interest Groups and Political Parties in six Western European Countries, Tresch, Anke and Manuel Fischer, 2015. International Political Science Review 36(4): 355-372. [DOI]
’Steal me if you can!’ The impact of campaign messages on associative issue ownership, Tresch, Anke, Lefevere, Jonas and Stefaan Walgrave (2015). Party Politics 21(2): 198-208. [DOI]
Issue Ownership: How the Public Links Parties to Issues and Why It Matters, Tresch, Anke, Lefevere, Jonas and Stefaan Walgrave, 2015. West European Politics 38(4): 755-932.
The Conceptualisation and Measurement of Issue Ownership, Walgrave, Stefaan, Tresch, Anke and Jonas Lefevere, 2015. West European Politics 38(4): 778-796. [DOI]
For all scientific publications by FORS collaborators see here.
VOTO Studie zur eidgenössischen Volksabstimmung vom 24. September 2017, Thomas Milic, Thomas Reiss und Daniel Kübler unter Mitarbeit von Anke Tresch, Laura Scaperrotta, Lukas Lauener, Georg Lutz und Oliver Lipps, November 2017.
VOTO Studie zur eidgenössischen Volksabstimmung vom 21. Mai 2017, Anke Tresch, Florence Lebert, Laura Scaperrotta und Lukas Lauener unter Mitarbeit von Thomas Milic, Georg Lutz und Oliver Lipps, Juli 2017.
VOTO Studie zur eidgenössischen Volksabstimmung vom 12. Februar 2017, Thomas Milic, Thomas Reiss und Daniel Kübler unter Mitarbeit von Georg Lutz, Florence Lebert, Oliver Lipps und Anke Tresch, März 2017.
VOTO Studie zur eidgenössischen Volksabstimmung vom 27. November 2016, Georg Lutz und Florence Lebert unter Mitarbeit von Daniel Kübler, Thomas Milic, Oliver Lipps, Januar 2017.
VOTO Studie zur eidgenössischen Volksabstimmung vom 25. September 2016, Thomas Milic, Daniel Kübler unter Mitarbeit von Georg Lutz, Florence Lebert, Oliver Lipps, November 2016.
Bundesräte gehen, wann es Ihnen passt (also available in French). Georg Lutz, 02.05.2018. Defacto.
Nein zu No Billag aus Angst vor Sendeschluss (also available in french). Anke Tresch, Lukas Lauener, Laura Scaperotta, 19.04.2018. Defacto.
Die Tessinerinnen und Tessiner vertrauen der Schweizer Regierung – auch ohne eigenen Bundesratssitz (also available in french and italian). Lukas Lauener, Franziska Ehrler, Anke Tresch. 14.09.2017. Defacto.
Atomausstiegsinitiative: Nein trotz klarer Ablehnung der Atomkraft (also available in french). Georg Lutz, Florence Lebert, Daniel Kübler, Thomas Milic, Oliver Lipps. 19.01.2017. Defacto.
Three major data sources for data on political participation and public opinion
The Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) has investigated the electoral behaviour of Swiss citizens in national elections since 1995. The project sheds light on the dynamics of citizens’ opinion formation as well as on the determinants of their political participation and vote choice for a specific candidate or party. In addition, it collects survey data on candidates’ campaign activities, policy positions and views on representation. Since its start in 1995, Selects has created a series of datasets allowing for long-term comparison while constantly including innovative new research questions. Selects is funded by the SNSF and the work is centered at FORS since 2008.
Following each federal vote, the VOTO studies the reasons why Swiss voters participate in popular votes on the federal level and explains their voting decisions. Funded by the Swiss Federal Chancellery, VOTO is a joint project of FORS and the Center for Democracy Studies Aarau (ZDA), in collaboration with the polling institute LINK. About eight weeks after the vote, all reports are published and anonymized data are made available for secondary analysis. Since autumn 2016, the VOTO surveys have replaced the former VOX analyses, which had been conducted since 1977 by gfs.bern and several Swiss universities. The most significant variables from the former VOX analyses have been standardized across time. FORS distributes this cumulative dataset, called VOXit.
CCS – Comparative Candidate Survey
The CCS is a joint multi-national project with the goal of collecting data on candidates running for national parliamentary elections in different countries using a common core questionnaire to allow for cross-country comparison. Data collection comprises surveys among candidates as well as relevant context information concerning the constituency of the candidate and the political system at large. FORS runs the survey in Switzerland as part of the Swiss Election Studies Selects. Since 2008, FORS is also responsible for the harmonization and archiving of data from all participating countries.