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To: Members of the CSES Research Community
From: David Howell, on behalf of the CSES Secretariat
Re: CSES Introductory Workshop: July 21-24, 2003: Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
Date: April 28, 2003

Dear CSES Colleagues,

For those who are interested, there is a four-day introductory workshop on the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) scheduled this summer as part of the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute on Survey Research Techniques in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. The course is to be held July 21-24, 2003. It is being prepared by Professor Phil Shively (chair of the CSES Module 2 Planning Committee, from the University of Minnesota) and members of the CSES Secretariat Staff. Professor Gábor Tóka (CSES Module 2 Planning Committee member, from Central European University) is tentatively scheduled as a guest lecturer.

The description of the workshop is copied below this e-mail for your convenience. The Summer Institute webpage, which includes registration information and other details, can be found at

Best regards,
-David Howell
Director of Studies


Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) Workshop
Four days, July 21-24, 9:00 am-4:00 pm daily
Instructor: W. Phillips Shively, University of Minnesota

The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) is a collaborative program of cross-national research among election studies conducted in more than fifty countries throughout the world. The CSES is composed of three tightly linked parts: (1) public opinion survey data collected using a common survey module and supplemented by demographic data, (2) district level electoral returns which describe the immediate political context of each survey respondent, and (3) system or ‘macro’ level data that provide information about each respondent’s larger political community. The resulting data sets are made available to the public at no charge via the CSES web site at

The collaborative design allows researchers to conduct both cross-level and cross-national analyses addressing the effects of electoral institutions on citizens’ attitudes and behavior, the presence and nature of social and political cleavages, and the evaluation of democratic institutions across different political regimes. In this four-day Summer Institute workshop, participants will gain familiarity with the design and history of the study, receive an overview of substantive content from the first two modules, learn to access the data, and be presented with general strategies for the analysis of cross-national public opinion data. Workshop participants will attend substantive seminars in the mornings, supplemented by hands-on lab sessions in the afternoons during which participants can conduct their own exploratory research with the help of the workshop coordinators.


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