Together with Theofanis Exadaktylos (Surrey), I am organising a panel on public opinion and electoral politics at the upcoming ESRA conference in Zagreb, Croatia.

The conference will take place from the 15th until the 19th of July 2019.

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Public opinion and electoral politics in an era of political discontent

Over the past nine years the European Union has faced a series of social and political challenges that affected citizens’ political behaviour, political attitudes and party systems. The European Union in particular, but also non-EU member states, confronted a series of events such as the economic crisis and the refugee crisis, which, coupled with the prominence of austerity politics, have given rise to unpredicted political and electoral outcomes such as the rise of populist parties – both from the right and the left of the ideological spectrum – the rise of authoritarian politics, the rise of political forces questioning the future of European integration as well as the overhaul of traditional parties.

These phenomena give rise to important questions for scholars working in the area of public opinion and elections. Can the existing theories of electoral choice explain the surprising electoral outcomes witnessed in many countries?  What is the role of emotions in political behaviour? Are the recent electoral shocks a result of a crisis of confidence and trust facing mainstream political parties and the rising disconnect of citizens? Is the growing support for populist parties rooted in austerity politics or is based on changes in peoples’ values and emotions?

This panel welcomes papers on a wide range of topics related to public opinion, elections, voting behaviour, and election forecasting such as:

  • voter turn out
  • political participation and pathways to engagement
  • vote for populist parties
  • authoritarian attitudes and values
  • emotions and appraisals

We welcome papers using single case studies but we especially encourage comparative/longitudinal studies. Proposals should encourage the conference’s main theme “survey research in the changing data environment”. We also welcome papers that propose new theoretical approaches in the study of public opinion and elections and are empirically or methodologically innovative.