“Partisan effects of electoral systems in contemporary democracies, 1945-2015”

  • Funding institution: Beca Leonardo a Investigadores y Creadores Culturales de la Fundación BBVA
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Amount: 40,000 €
  • Duration: 2019/10/01 – 2021/06/30
  • Summary: The project has two main goals. On the one hand, it aims to quantify the size of partisan effects across types of electoral systems. On the other hand, it examines the role played by three potential sources of partisan bias: malapportionment, turnout differences and the geographic distribution of party vote shares. In order to do that, three papers will examine partisan effects at the national, the party and the district level, respectively. The first of them is a joint work with Robert Liñeira of University of Glasgow and revisits some of the arguments and the empirical evidence in Döring and Manow (2017). The second one is a joint work with Alberto Penadés of University of Salamanca that draws insights from the literature on majoritarian systems to examine the concept of partisan bias from the theoretical and the empirical point of view. Finally, a third paper assesses the existence of partisan effects of electoral systems at the district level by extending the findings by Kedar et al. (2016).

“Economic-historical origins of the partisan effects of electoral systems in contemporary democracies”

  • Funding institution: XVIII Concurso Nacional para la Adjudicación de Ayudas a la Investigación en Ciencias Sociales
  • Role: Principal investigator
  • Amount: 35,000 €
  • Duration: 2019/10/01 – 2021/09/30
  • Summary: Building on a previous one, this project seeks to understand the historical and economic origins of the partisan effects of electoral systems. In order to achieve this goal, a first paper with Ignacio Lago (University Pompeu Fabra) examines how autocratic legacies and democratic transitions affect the level of legislative malapportionment in contemporary democracies. Secondly, a joint work with Miguel Artola (University Carlos III of Madrid) analyses whether economic inequality and the size of the agricultural sector in the XIX century affects the size of partisan effects of electoral systems nowadays. Finally, the third paper associated to this project combines survey and experimental data to address the question of whether the likelihood of casting a strategic vote depends on individuals’ ideology.

Comparative Campaign Dynamics Dataset(2019- ). Project funded by the German Science Foundation that provides information on ideological cohesion an ambiguity of party positions along with information on framing effects by political actors. Leader of the Spanish team.

Executive Approval Project(2018- ). Georgia State University. Project that analyzes public opinion dynamics in a comparative perspective with regard to the levels of support of the incumbent government. Leader of the Spanish team.

ESS Round 10 on democracy(2019- ). European Social Survey. Project that seeks to revisit the module on democracy included in the ESS Round 6 (2012). Principal investigators: Hanspeter Kriesi and Mónica Ferrín.

Geografía Política, Comportamiento Electoral y Políticas Públicas (2018-2020). Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Project CSO2017-82881-R from the National Plan I+D+i funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Principal investigator: Joaquín Artés.