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Conference and Planning Committee Meeting, March 2015

National Chengchi University (NCCU)
March 27-29, 2015
Taipei, Taiwan

CSES would like to express its gratitude to the Election Study Center (ESC) of National Chengchi University (NCCU) for their financial and organizational support of the events.

Conference: Representation and Participation around the World

Location: Social Science Information Center, National Chengchi University (NCCU)
Friday March 27, 2015

Conference Themes

The objective of this conference is to bring together scholars from Europe, Asia, America and elsewhere to explore different aspects of public opinions and behavior under differing political systems. In recent years, there is increasing disaffection and discontent with governments around the world. We also see increasing party polarization in individual- and aggregate-level analysis. Scholars are also concerned about representation in unequal societies. Therefore, we have invited presentations that draw on analysis of political engagement, participation, and representation to tackle the representation problem from a divergent perspective. What sort of political engagement best responds to public opinion? Will disinterest and disaffection lead to low level of political engagement and, more importantly, less political accountability? When there has been a steady increase in party polarization, what is the underlying mechanism of voters’ policy positions and what determines vote choices? We have a particular interest in cross-level, cross-national studies that address the effects of institutions on opinion or behavior.

09:00 – 09:30 … Registration

09:30 – 10:00 … Opening Remarks

10:10 – 12:00 … Panel I: Accountability in Democracies: A Comparative Perspective

Presenter: John Aldrich (Duke University)
Co-Author: Rachel Gibson (University of Manchester)
Co-Author: Pedro Magalhães (University of Lisbon)
Discussant: T.Y. Wang (Illinois State University)

13:30 – 15:30 … Panel II: Political Attitude and Knowledge: Measurement and Assessment

  • Chair: Huo-yen Shyu (Academia Sinica)
  • Projection Hypothesis in Light of CSES Data

Presenter: Ali Carkoglu (Koç University)

Discussant: Elizabeth Zechmeister (Vanderbilt University)

16:00 – 17:20 … Panel III: Generation, Attitudes, and Voting Behavior

Presenter: Alberto Simpser (ITAM)Discussant: Wouter van der Brug (University of Amsterdam)

17:20 – 17:30 Conference Concludes

CSES Module 5 Planning Committee meeting

Location: Howard Civil Service International House
Taipei, Taiwan
Saturday, March 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2015

General Business (2 hours) – Introductions and welcome
– General updates – Module 4 updates: participation and data releases
– Discussion: GESIS Klingemann Prize years of eligibility issue
– Review of the calendar for CSES Module 5
– Future Planning Committee and Plenary locations
– Plans for publications, panels, etc. to encourage CSES Scholarship

Subcommittee reports and discussion (4 hours)
– Module 5 Content Subcommittee
– Core/Demographics Subcommittee
– Political Information Subcommittee
– Macro/District Subcommittee
– New Technology and Data Collection Guidelines Subcommittee

Discussion of Module 5 Themes, Content, and Questions (4 hours)


  • John Aldrich
  • Eva Anduiza
  • Ali Carkoglu
  • Elisabeth Gidengil
  • David Howell
  • Chi Huang
  • Aida Just
  • Georg Lutz
  • Stephen Quinlan
  • Nicolas Sauger
  • Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
  • Carlos Shenga
  • Alberto Simpser
  • Markus Wagner
  • Masahiro Yamada
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Zechmeister

Group Picture

Panel 1


Conference Registration


Planning Committee

Opening Remarks by Chi Huang

Audience Questions