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Conference and Planning Committee Meeting, April 2008

Political Institutions – Rationality – Electoral Behavior
Comparative Study of Electoral Systems Conference
April 25-27, 2008
Warsaw, Poland

We would like to express our appreciation to the following organizations for their financial and organizational support of the events:

Comparative Study of Electoral Systems Conference
April 25-26, 2008
Warsaw School of Social Psychology, Warsaw, Poland

Conference Announcement, in Polish  [PDF]


April 25, 2008 (Friday)

09:00 – 09:15: Opening Address

09:15-12:00: Session I
Chair: Ian McAllister (The Australian National University)

  1. Questions and Answers: How Political Institutions influence the Voting Behavior.
    Hans-Dieter Klingemann (WZB)
  2. Making a Difference? Coalition and Single Party Governments, Public Perceptions and Turnout.
    Jack Vowles (University of Exeter)
  3. Meaningful Choices, Political Supply, and Institutional Effectiveness.
    Hermann Schmitt (MZES) and Bernhard Wessels (WZB)
  4. Contextual effects on the individual rationality: economic conditions, institutional arrangements and retrospective vote.
    Ulises Beltrán (División de Estudios Politicos, CIDE)

13:00 – 15:30: Session II 
Chair: Hans-Dieter Klingemann (WZB)

  1. Clarity of Party Positions on Ideology: A Cross-National Analysis.
    John Aldrich and Sinziana Popa (Duke University)
  2. Recent Japanese Elections with CSES3 Data: Based on a Panel Survey with Asian Barometer.
    Ken’ichi Ikeda (University of Tokyo)
  3. The Impact of Full Turnout on the Policy Positions of the Median Voter.
    Gabor Toka (CEU and Oxford University)

16:00 – 18:30: Session III 
Chair: John Aldrich (Duke University)

  1. The Old Regime and Democracy.
    Krzysztof Jasiewicz (Washington and Lee University)
  2. Polish ‘Exceptionalism’: Voter Turnout in Poland in the light of CSES data.
    Mikolaj Czesnik (PAN and SWPS)


April 26, 2008 (Saturday)

09:00 – 12:00: Session IV

  1. Changes in Electoral Rules in Poland and their Consequences.
    Stanislaw Gebethner (Warsaw University)
  2. Subjective vs. Objective Proximity in Poland: Controversies in the Choice of Measurement?
    Radoslaw Markowski (PAN and SWPS) and Joshua Tucker (New York University)

CSES Module 3 Planning Committee Meeting
April 26-27, 2008
Warsaw School of Social Psychology, Warsaw, Poland


  1. Module 3
    • Update on Module 3 Recruitment
    • Update on Module 3 Data Deposits
    • Future Module 3 Data Releases
  2. Funding
  3. Module 4
    • Process for Transition to a Module 4 Planning Committee
    • Process for Developing a Theme for Module 4
    • Scheduling Module 4 Plenary Sessions
  4. CSES Governance Documents
  5. Publications
  6. One-Day CSES Workshop at Upcoming 2008 APSA Conference
  7. Upcoming Planning Committee Meetings

Hans-Dieter Klingemann speech honoring the retirement of Juan Díez-Nicolás

Juan Díez-Nicolás Response

Warsaw School of Social Psychology

Opening Address

Session III: Czesnik, Jasiewicz, and Aldrich

Dinner: Comments by Radoslaw Markowski