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Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) 2011

Applicant Lutz Georg
Number 133957
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 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2012
Approved amount 1'334'246.00
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Discipline
Political science
Communication sciences

Keywords (10)

Swiss election study; Parliamentary elections; Voting behavior; Political participation; Rolling cross section; Candidate survey; Swiss Electoral Studies; National Election Study; Electoral Behavior; Voting Behaviour

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) is a research network of the institutes for political science at the Universities of Zurich, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the Federal Chancellery and FORS. The primary aims of Selects is (1) to secure a continuous collection of data on Swiss national elections, (2) to include new and innovative research questions into the study (3) to provide state-of-the-art analyses of developments related to national elections and voting behaviour in Switzerland, (4) to promote the integration of electoral research in Switzerland into international research networks, and (5) to provide relevant information on Swiss elections for the public. Data collection primarily includes post-election surveys of Swiss citizens since 1995 with cantonal boosts, however additional surveys have been done too, such as a panel survey in 1999 and 2003 or a candidate survey in 2007. The study 2011 includes a post-election survey with around 3,200 interviews, which combines a nationally representative sample of 2,000 Swiss citizens with an oversampling of small cantons to have at least 100 interviews per electoral district (canton). The core part of the study will also include a candidate survey among all the candidates for the National Council, as well as the Council of States in the framework of the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS) project. As a new part, Selects will run a so-called rolling cross-section survey (RCS) with a fixed number of daily interviews 40 days prior to the campaign. The RCS will allow to study the influence of campaign dynamics on voting behaviour and opinion formation processes, the influence of postal voting (which has increased a lot in recent years and reached levels of 90% and above of all voters), the influence of published pre-election polls on voting behaviour, and the effects of strategic considerations as opposed to emotional campaign involvement of voters on their vote choice. Selects participates in different international comparative networks. The modules of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) have been included in the Selects studies since the 1990s and the CSES Project will go into its fourth round in 2011. In addition, Selects has participated in the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS) since the beginning. Finally, Selects is also member of the COST Action "The True European Voter".
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Publications

Publication
Wahlsysteme: Proportionalität ist nicht alles
Lutz Georg (2012), Wahlsysteme: Proportionalität ist nicht alles, in Miteilungsblatt Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Parlamentsfragen, 15(3), 1-4.
Switzerland: Citizens’ initiatives as a measure to control the political agenda. In: Maija Setälä and Theo Schiller
Lutz Georg (2012), Switzerland: Citizens’ initiatives as a measure to control the political agenda. In: Maija Setälä and Theo Schiller, in Setälä Maija , Schiller Theo (ed.), 17-35.
The Poor Political Representation of the Poor in a Comparative Perspective
Giger Nathalie, Rosset Jan, Bernauer Julian (2012), The Poor Political Representation of the Poor in a Comparative Perspective, in Representation, 48(1), 47-61.
Eidgenössische Wahlen 2011. Wahlteilnahme und Wahlentscheid
Lutz Georg (2012), Eidgenössische Wahlen 2011. Wahlteilnahme und Wahlentscheid, FORS, Lausanne.
Élections fédérales 2011 Participation et choix électoral
Lutz Georg (2012), Élections fédérales 2011 Participation et choix électoral, FORS, Lausanne.
Elezioni federali 2011. Partecipazione e decisione di voto
Lutz Georg (2012), Elezioni federali 2011. Partecipazione e decisione di voto, FORS, Lausanne.
e-voting bei den wahlen 2011
Lutz Georg (2012), e-voting bei den wahlen 2011, in Schweizer Revue, 4, 18.
Inicjatiywa obwatelska jako meoda control politycznej w Szwajcarii
Lutz Georg, Geissbühler Simon (2012), Inicjatiywa obwatelska jako meoda control politycznej w Szwajcarii, Semper, Wydawnictwo, 34.
The 2011 Swiss Federal Elections: Right-wing Defeat and Increased Fractionalisation
Lutz Georg (2012), The 2011 Swiss Federal Elections: Right-wing Defeat and Increased Fractionalisation, in West European Politics, 35(3), 682-693.
Unequal Representation of Age Groups in Switzerland
Kissau Kathrin, Lutz Georg, Rosset Jan (2012), Unequal Representation of Age Groups in Switzerland, in Representation, 48(1), 63-81.
Wer ist denn noch am Festnetzanschluss erreichbar?
Lutz Georg, Borat-Besson Carmen, Ernst Stähli Michèle, Wernli Boris (2012), Wer ist denn noch am Festnetzanschluss erreichbar?, in vsms Verband Schweizer Markt- und Sozialforschung Jahrbuch 2012, 24-26.
Geringer Reformbedarf trotz Funktionswandel der Volksinitiative
Lutz Georg (2011), Geringer Reformbedarf trotz Funktionswandel der Volksinitiative, in LeGes, 22(3), 371-380.
La Politique Suisse au Fil du Temps
Sciarini Pascal (2011), La Politique Suisse au Fil du Temps, Georg, Chêne-Bourg.
Electoral design to reduce tensions in post-conflict countries
Lutz Georg (2011), Electoral design to reduce tensions in post-conflict countries.
Values and Votes: The Indirect Effect of Personal Values on Voting Behavior
Leimgruber Philipp (2011), Values and Votes: The Indirect Effect of Personal Values on Voting Behavior, in Swiss Political Science Review , 17(2), 102-127.
How electoral systems affect MPs’ positions
Hug Simon, Martin Danielle (2011), How electoral systems affect MPs’ positions, in Electoral Studies, 31(1), 192-200.
Switzerland: Agenda-Setting Power of Government in a Separation-of-Powers Framework
Schwarz Daniel, Bächtiger Andre, Lutz Georg (2011), Switzerland: Agenda-Setting Power of Government in a Separation-of-Powers Framework, in Tsebelis Georg, Rasch Bjorn Erik (ed.), 127-144.
The Swiss open ballot PR system: its origin and its effect on strategic behaviour of parties and candidates
Lutz Georg (2011), The Swiss open ballot PR system: its origin and its effect on strategic behaviour of parties and candidates, in Colomer Josep M. (ed.), 153-174.

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Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
121165 Representation in Europe: Policy Congruence between Citizens and Elites (REPCONG) 01.04.2008 Project funding (special)
139523 European Social Survey 2012 01.01.2012 Research Infrastructure
139515 Weiterführung und Institutionelle Konsolidierung der Sozialberichterstattung 01.01.2012 Research Infrastructure
145233 Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) 2013-2014 01.01.2013 Research Infrastructure
139520 MOSAiCH 2013 01.01.2012 Research Infrastructure
128917 Schweizer Wahlstudie (Select) 01.01.2010 Research Infrastructure
139522 SWISS HOUSEHOLD PANEL - 2012 - 2013 01.01.2012 Research Infrastructure
161830 How campaigns and their dynamics affect the voting decision process: The influence of poll results and media content on party evaluations based on Switzerland’s first rolling cross-section survey (RCS) 01.08.2015 Doc.Mobility

Abstract

The following proposal covers funding of the data collections around the Swiss national election 2011 in the framework of the Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects). The study will include a post-election survey with around 3,200 interviews, which combines a na-tionally representative sample of 2,000 Swiss citizens with an oversampling of small cantons to have at least 100 interviews per electoral district (canton). This will allow study of contextual influ-ences on voting behaviour. The core part of the study will also include a candidate survey among all the candidates for the National Council, as well as the Council of States in the framework of the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS) project.As an innovative part, Selects plans a so-called rolling cross-section survey (RCS), to study:- the influence of campaign dynamics on voting behaviour and opinion formation processes, - the influence of postal voting (which has increased a lot in recent years and reached levels of 90% and above of all voters), - the influence of published pre-election polls on voting behaviour, and - the effects of strategic considerations as opposed to emotional campaign involvement of vot-ers on their vote choice. With the RCS, we will interview 80 citizens based on a random sample every day during a period of 41 days prior to the election. This will be complemented by a short post-election survey component of all the participants from the pre-election survey.Different national and international modules will be incorporated into the next Selects round. At the international level, Selects will include the module IV of the Comparative Study of Electoral System (CSES). Based on a peer review process, four modules and three PhD projects have been accepted by the Selects commission. Those modules and PhD projects include topics such as the influence of welfare state preference or attitudes towards immigration on vote choice, national- and district-level incentives for strategic voting, campaign effects on preference formation, and the impact of cleav-ages on vote choice in a contextual and longitudinal perspective. The current proposal underlines the efforts made in recent years to position Selects as an infra-structure project embedded in the research community in Switzerland and at the international level, hosted by FORS. As such, Selects will provide high quality data for the academic community and bring further continuity into electoral research in Switzerland, as well as address new innova-tive research questions. For the latter, Selects has implemented a clear and transparent procedure to include new modules into the study. Selects seeks maintaining and strengthening the network of Swiss researchers involved in electoral research through its commission, and through the openness of the study to other interested researchers. Selects is also part of the leading international net-works of election studies and as such contributes to the development of electoral research at the international level. Last but not least, Selects will continue its effort to invest in the next generation of electoral researchers in Switzerland, through the funding of three PhD projects.
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