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Dear CSES colleagues,

We are pleased to draw your attention to a special symposium in the March 2008 issue of the journal Electoral Studies. Coordinated by guest editor Ian McAllister, the symposium makes uses of CSES Module 2 to cover three themes in public support for democracy: satisfaction, accountability and participation.

A free table of contents and abstracts can be accessed on the Science Direct website by searching for Electoral Studies Volume 27, Issue 1 (March 2008). Full text is also available online for subscribers. The articles include:

  • “Public support for democracy: Results from the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project” by Ian McAllister
  • “Satisfaction with democracy: Do institutions matter?” by Kees Aarts and Jacques Thomassen
  • “Meaningful choices, political supply, and institutional effectiveness” by Bernhard Wessels and Hermann Schmitt
  • “Citizen information, election outcomes and good governance” by Gabor Toka
  • “Identifying sources of democratic legitimacy: A multilevel analysis” by Min-hua Huang, Yu-tzung Chang, and Yun-han Chu
  • “Does globalization affect public perceptions of ‘Who in power can make a difference’? Evidence from 40 countries, 1996-2006” by Jack Vowles
  • “Does political participation make a difference? The relationship between political choice, civic engagement and political efficacy” by Ken’ichi Ikeda, Tetsuro Kobayashi, and Maasa Hoshimoto
  • “Disengaging voters: Do plurality systems discourage the less knowledgeable from voting?” by Stephen D. Fisher, Laurence Lessard-Phillips, Sara B. Hobolt, and John Curtice
  • “When politics is not just a man’s game: Women’s representation and political engagement” by Jeffrey A. Karp and Susan A. Banducci

Best regards,
David Howell
Director of Studies
Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES)