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Call for Proposals: Assessing the Performance of Electoral Democracy
Special Issue Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of CSES
October 18, 2018

As one of the activities commemorating the 25th anniversary of CSES (, the project is launching a call for proposals for a special issue on “Assessing the Performance of Electoral Democracy”. CSES provides a unique opportunity to analyze how electoral democracy works across space and time, covering over 50 countries for more than two decades. The special issue will be devoted to analyzing different aspects of elections and democracy, preferably with a comparative and longitudinal perspective, and make extensive use of the CSES data.

We welcome proposals for papers that ascertain the performance of electoral democracy from a variety of perspectives, including the following dimensions:

    • Evaluation. How do citizens themselves evaluate how democracy works? CSES provides data on the classic question of satisfaction with democracy, as well as on perceptions of accountability (does who people vote for makes a difference?), responsiveness (do elections ensure that the views of voters are represented? do the representatives know what ordinary people think?), as well as corruption.


    • Engagement. To what extent are citizens well informed and participate actively, as they are expected to in a well-functioning electoral democracy? CSES provides data that allow to measure how different countries perform on this front (including questions on political knowledge, left-right location of political parties, electoral and other forms of participation), and whether they perform better today than 20 years ago.


    • Representation. To what extent are citizens’ ideological views and preferences well represented in parliament and in government? To what extent do citizens feel close or distant to the exiting political parties? CSES data together with other sources allow one to measure the degree of congruence between citizens and elected representatives. CSES provides also a wealth of indicators on links between citizens and parties.


Proposals may analyze any of these dimensions, focusing on their cross-national variation, their evolution across time, their causes (including contextual and macro variables included in the CSES datasets), and their consequences for other aspects of the political system and the democratic process.

Proposals should be about 300 words long and be sent no later than December 31, 2018 to: [email protected]

The decision as to which journal(s) to approach to publish the special issue will be determined based on the collection of proposed articles that are received.


Call for proposals closes December 31, 2018
Decision on accepted proposals January 31, 2019
First drafts of articles May 31, 2019
Final version of articles due December 31, 2019