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Planning Committee Meeting, October 2010

Tel Aviv University, Naftali Building
October 24-26, 2010
Tel Aviv, Israel

We would like to thank Tel Aviv University and the Israel Science Foundation for their financial and organizational support.

What were the elections about? How do we know it?

Research workshop of the Israel Science Foundation
Co-sponsored by CSES (Comparative Study of Electoral Systems)
and Tel-Aviv University

Conference Program

Sunday, October 24, 2010

9:30 – 10:00 … Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:00 – 12:00 … Elections and their Meaning(s)

Chair: Bernt Aardal (Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway)
Discussant: Amal Jamal, Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University

13:30 – 15:30 … Elections, Strategy, and Institutions

Chair: Orit Kedar (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
Discussant: Yael Shomer, (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

16:00 – 18:00 … Voter Choice: Idealogy and Identity

Chair: Ulises Beltran (CIDE, Mexico)
Discussant: Nicolas Sauger (Sciences Po, France)

Monday, October 25, 2010

16:45-19:00 … Program: In Memoriam of Asher Arian, Pionner of Israeli Election Studies

Chair: Gideon Doron (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

    • Greetings
      Dany Leviatan, Noah Lewin-Epstein (Tel Aviv University, Israel),
      Aviv Arian (Family Representative)
    • Asher Arian: Founder of the Political Science Department
      Haim Ben-Shahar (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
    • Behaviorism in Tel-Aviv
      Yossi Beilin (Beilink, Israel)
  • A Party System Captive by the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
    Michal Shamir (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
  • Should American Jews Vote Liberal?
    Sam Krislov (American University, U.S.)

Planning Committee Meeting


Monday, October 25, 2010

09:00 – 11:00 … General business

Update on Module 3
Do we have enough Module 3 studies to allow transition to Module 4?
Module 3 Data Cleaning Issues
Update on Africa meeting
Pretesting of Module 4
Future meetings – planning committee, plenary meetings
Book series update
Review of progress on initiatives volunteered by members

11:30 – 16:00 … Main Theme for CSES Module 4


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

09:00 – 11:00 … Module 4 Questionnaire

Deciding on the main theme
Deciding what comprises the “Core” and what space is available for the theme
Deciding on some questions, including new ones needed, and wording
Discussion about what macro data might be needed
Setting up subcommittees (questionnaire, macro) to continue this work

11:30 – 13:00 … Mobilization

Presentation by subcommittee (Rachel Gibson)
Do we add questions for this, and if so how much space is available for it?
What macro variables might be helpful for this?

14:00 – 15:30 … Political Knowledge

Presentation by subcommittee (Ulises Beltran)
Will we change the existing questions, and if so how?

16:00 – 17:30 … Wrap-up 

Module 4: discussion of the process and calendar from here, and pretesting


Planning Committee Meeting

Group Photo

Dinner at Kimmel restaurant

Tel Aviv

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