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Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) 2014-2016

Applicant Lutz Georg
Number 150999
Funding scheme Research Infrastructure
Research institution Fondation FORS Bâtiment Geopolis Université de Lausanne
Institution of higher education Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences - FORS
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.01.2014 - 31.12.2016
Approved amount 1'321'271.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Discipline
Political science
Sociology
Communication sciences

Keywords (6)

Candidate survey; Swiss election study; Voting behavior; Political participation; Parliamentary elections; Rolling cross section

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
Im Rahmen des Schweizer Wahlforschungsprojektes Selects wird seit 1995 umfassend das Wahlverhalten in der Schweiz im internationalen Vergleich untersucht. 2015 werden im Rahmen von Selects die eine telefonische Nachbefragung, eine Kandidierendenbefragung sowie eine Rolling Cross-Section Befragung (RCS) durchgeführt. Die Daten werden unmittelbar nach der Erhebung zugänglich gemacht. Zudem wird auch die Erhebung selber für Forschende aus dem In- und Ausland mittels eines call for modules geöffnet.
Lay summary

Die Schweizer Wahlstudie Selects ist ein Forschungsverbund politikwissenschaftlicher Institute Schweizer Universitäten. Die akademische Verantwortung liegt bei einerKommission, die sich aus Wahlforschern verschiedener Universitäten sowie mit Wahlen befassten Stellen der eidg. Verwaltung zusammensetzt. 
Dank dem Selects-Forschungsprojekt, das 1995 ins Leben gerufen wurde, hat die Wahlforschung in der Schweiz sowohl eine hohe Kontinuität erreicht als auch immer wieder neue, innovative Forschungsfragen untersucht. 
Selects ist Teil verschiedener internationaler Netzwerke der vergleichenden Wahlforschung. Die Module der „Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES)“ sind seit den 90er Jahren Bestandteil der Selects-Befragungen. Inzwischen befindet sich CSES in der vierten Runde. 2007 und 2011 hat Selects im Rahmen des „Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS)“ eine Befragung unter allen Kandidierenden für den National- und Ständerat durchgeführt. Zudem ist Selects Mitglied der COST Action „The True European Voter”. 
Selects ist seit 2008 dem Schweizer Kompetenzzentrum Sozialwissenschaften FORS in Lausanne angeschlossen und wird vom Schweizerischen Nationalfonds gefördert.

Im Rahmen des Selects-Projektes 2014-2016, das auch die Erhebungen rund um die Wahlen 2015 einschliesst, werden verschiedene Daten erhoben:

  • Eine Nachwahlbefagung mit 3200 Interviews und einer Stichprobe, die es erlaubt auch die einzelnen Wahlkreise (Kantone) zu untersuchen. Zudem planen wir eine Befragung der Auslandschweizerinnen und Auslandschweizer.
  • Eine Kandidierendenbefragung unter allen Kandidierenden für den National- und Ständerat
  • Eine Rolling Cross-Section Befragung um den Einfluss der Kampagne auf den Wahlentscheid zu untersuchen.

Die Daten werden zeitnah nach der Befragung ohne Embargo interessierten Forschenden zur Verfügung stehen. Zudem wird die Befragung selber geöffnet in dem mittels eines calls for modules interessierte Forschende aus dem In- und Ausland eingeladen werden, Fragen vorzuschlagen



Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 27.11.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

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Publications

Publication
Wie Kampagnen die Entscheidung der Wähler beeinflussen
De Rocchi Thomas (2018), Wie Kampagnen die Entscheidung der Wähler beeinflussen, Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden.
Gender of Interviewer Effects in a Multi-topic Centralized CATI Panel Survey
Lipps Oliver, Lutz Georg (2017), Gender of Interviewer Effects in a Multi-topic Centralized CATI Panel Survey, in methods, data, analyses, 11(1), 67-86.
The Impact of Cleavages on Swiss Voting Behaviour
Goldberg Andreas C. (2017), The Impact of Cleavages on Swiss Voting Behaviour, Springer International Publishing, , Heidelberg.
Immigration-related political culture and support for radical right parties
Baur Robert, Green Eva T., Helbling Marc (2016), Immigration-related political culture and support for radical right parties, in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies , 42(11), 1748-1773.
Issue Competence and its Influence on Voting Behavior in the Swiss 2015 Elections
Lutz Georg, Sciarini Pascal (2016), Issue Competence and its Influence on Voting Behavior in the Swiss 2015 Elections, in Swiss Political Science Review, 22(1), 5-14.
Representation of political opinions: is the structuring pattern of policy preferences the same for citizens and elites?
Rosset Jan, Lutz Georg, Kissau Kathrin (2016), Representation of political opinions: is the structuring pattern of policy preferences the same for citizens and elites?, in Bühlmann Marc (ed.), Routledge, London, 8.
Turnout Bias in Postelection Surveys: Political Involvement, Survey Participation, and Vote Overreporting
Sciarini Pascal, Goldberg Andreas C. (2016), Turnout Bias in Postelection Surveys: Political Involvement, Survey Participation, and Vote Overreporting, in Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 4(1), 110-137.
From stigmatized immigrants to radical right voting: A multilevel study on the role of threat and contac
Baur Robert, Green Eva T., Sarrasin Oriane, Fasel Nicole (2015), From stigmatized immigrants to radical right voting: A multilevel study on the role of threat and contac, in Political Psychology, 37(4), 465.
Lone fighters: Intraparty competition, interparty competition, and candidates' vote seeking efforts in open-ballot PR elections
Lutz Georg, Selb Peter (2015), Lone fighters: Intraparty competition, interparty competition, and candidates' vote seeking efforts in open-ballot PR elections, in Electoral Studies, 39, 329-337.
The 2011 Swiss Elections. Special Issue of the Swiss political science review
Lachat Romain (ed.) (2014), The 2011 Swiss Elections. Special Issue of the Swiss political science review, Wiley, London.
The 2011 Swiss Elections: Introduction
Lachat Romain, Lutz Georg, Stadelmann-Steffen Isabelle (2014), The 2011 Swiss Elections: Introduction, in Swiss Political Science Review, 20(4), 515-519.
The impact of religion on voting behaviour–A multilevel approach for Switzerland
Goldberg Andreas C. (2014), The impact of religion on voting behaviour–A multilevel approach for Switzerland, in Swiss Political Science Review, 20(2), 305-329.
Lost on the Way: Nonresponse and its Influence on Turnout Bias in Postelection Surveys
Sciarini Pascal, Goldberg Andreas C., Lost on the Way: Nonresponse and its Influence on Turnout Bias in Postelection Surveys, in International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
CERES Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
smartvote Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
CSES United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Research Infrastructure
Cost Action "The True European Voter" Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
AUTNES Austria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
GLES Germany (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
CCS Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
23rd IPSA World Congress of Political Science Talk given at a conference What drives party evaluation? The influence of campaign performance and published poll results 15.05.2014 Montreal, Canada De Rocchi Thomas; Lutz Georg;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Pressekonferenz – Ergebnisse Wahlstudie Selects 2015 Italian-speaking Switzerland Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland Western Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland 2016

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
145233 Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) 2013-2014 01.01.2013 Research Infrastructure
165489 Determinants and effects of the short-term dynamics in issue ownership 01.08.2017 Project funding (Div. I-III)
170406 Forschungsinfrastrukturen FORS 01.01.2017 Research Infrastructure
159338 Networks or good campaigns? Electoral success of Swiss candidates in the 2015 elections 01.08.2015 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

The Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) is the main academic project to study electoral behaviour in Switzerland. This funding application for the next Selects project period includes the necessary financial resources for the data collection around the 2015 Swiss national election with the following components:- A post-election survey with about 3200 interviews including a specific survey Swiss living abroad.- A candidate survey among all candidates running for the election to the national council and the Council of States.- A rolling cross section survey (RCS) to study the influence of the campaign dynamic on voting behaviour with a pre and a post-electoral component.A core questionnaire of the post-election survey will comprise a set of standard questions that have been included in Selects since 1995 and are also part of many other national election studies. New questions will be included after an open call for modules and a peer review process to ensure innovation in electoral research in an open and transparent way. The relatively small Selects project staff at FORS ensures the overall planning and coordination of the entire operations of Selects of the various data collections. Three doctoral students which will be located at different universities to strengthen the network of electoral research in Switzerland make it possible to run the different surveys in a short period of time and at the same time help building future generations of electoral researchers as it has been done in previous years.Publications out of Selects in the next three years include a special issue from the 2011 election studies, the finalisation of the PhD thesis from the 2011 Selects wave, a brochure with first results from the 2015 elections for a broader audience as well as individual papers and articles of thematic and methodological nature.
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