Around the 2011 elections the Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) produced various datasets which are all publically available for scientific research by 2012. Those datasets include a post-election telephone survey among 4391 Swiss citizens resident in Switzerland, a pre-election rolling cross section telephone survey (RCS) with 4001 interview, about 100 a day during 41 days before the election, an online/paper candidate survey of about 20 pages among all the 3547 candidates for the national council and the council of states, of which 1676 (47%) participated, an online survey among the Swiss living abroad with 1629 interviews as well as a media content analysis, covering 20 daily and weekly newspaper as well as 8 online news sites with 1923 coded articles. A large number of administrative data has also been collected which allows for methodological research.
Thematic and methodological research will be a central activity of the project phase 2013. A call for paper will be launched for a special issue of the Swiss political Science review on the 2011 elections. To increase the international visibility of the Select project, a special issue on the Swiss Elections 2011 will also be proposed to an international journal with a focus on the effects of the institutional variation of Swiss national elections on voting behaviour. A section proposal for the ECPR General Conference 2013 in Bordeaux “Political elites in Electoral Democracies” with 5-8 panels and 15-30 papers shall gather research around the comparative candidate survey project. The PhD students continue their PhD research and will work on several papers.
A second activity will be the preparation and of various secondary datasets. This includes an updated cumulative data set with all Swiss data on voting behaviour 1971- 2011, the data set for the COST Action “The true European Voter” project and the data files for the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS).