Matching voters with parties and candidates : voting advice applications in a comparative perspective
Title: Matching voters with parties and candidates : voting advice applications in a comparative perspective
Publisher: ECPR Press
Citation: Colchester : ECPR Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781907301735; 9781907301872
Voting Advice Applications – VAAs – have become a widespread online feature of electoral campaigns in Europe, attracting growing interest from social and political scientists. But until now, there has been no systematic and reliable comparative assessment of these tools. Previously published research on VAAs has resulted almost exclusively in national case studies. This lack of an integrated framework for analysis has made research on VAAs unable to serve the scientific goal of systematic knowledge accumulation. Against this background, Matching Voters With Parties and Candidates aims first at a comprehensive overview of the VAA phenomenon in a truly comparative perspective. Featuring the biggest number of European experts on the topic ever assembled, the book answers a number of open questions and addresses debates in VAA research. It also aims to bridge the gap between VAA research and related fields of political science.
Table of Contents:
• Chapter One – Voting Advice Applications in a Comparative Perspective: An Introduction, Stefan Marschall and Diego Garzia, 1 • Chapter Two – The Content and Formulation of Statements in Voting Advice Applications: A Comparative Analysis of 26 VAAs, Kirsten Van Camp, Jonas Lefevere and Stefaan Walgrave, 11 • Chapter Three – Comparing Methods for Estimating Parties’ Positions in Voting Advice Applications, Kostas Gemenis and Carolien van Ham, 33 • Chapter Four – What’s Behind a Matching Algorithm? A Critical Assessment of How Voting Advice Applications Produce Voting Recommendations, Fernando Mendez, 49 • Chapter Five – Voting Advice Applications as Campaign Actors: Mapping VAAs’ Interactions with Parties, Media and Voters, André Krouwel, Thomas Vitiello and Matthew Wall, 67 • Chapter Six – Data Quality and Data Cleaning, Ioannis Andreadis, 79 • Chapter Seven – Profiling Users, Stefan Marschall, 93 • Chapter Eight – The Impact of Voting Advice Applications on Electoral Participation, Diego Garzia, Andrea De Angelis and Joelle Pianzola, 105 • Chapter Nine – The Impact of Voting Advice Applications on Vote Choice, Ioannis Andreadis and Matthew Wall, 115 • Chapter Ten – Social Representations of VAAs: A Comparative Analysis, Vasiliki Triga, 129 • Chapter Eleven – Being a VAA-Candidate: Why Do Candidates Use Voting Advice Applications and What Can We Learn From It?, Patrick Dumont, Raphaël Kies and Jan Fivaz, 145 • Chapter Twelve – Using VAA-Generated Data for Mapping Partisan Supporters in the Ideological Space, Fernando Mendez and Jonathan Wheatley, 161 • Chapter Thirteen – Matching Voters with Parties in Supranational Elections: The Case of the EU Profiler, Maria Laura Sudulich, Diego Garzia, Alexander H. Trechsel and Kristjan Vassil, 175 • Chapter Fourteen – Does the Electoral System Influence the Political Positions of Parties and Candidates? Answers from VAA-Research, Andreas Ladner, 183 • Chapter Fifteen – Keeping Promises: Voting Advice Applications and Political Representation, Jan Fivaz, Tom Louwerse and Daniel Schwarz, 197 • Chapter Sixteen – Voting Advice Applications and Political Theory: Citizenship, Participation and Representation, Joel Anderson and Thomas Fossen, 217 • The Lausanne Declaration on Voting Advice Applications, 227 • Bibliography, 229