Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates: Voting Advice Applications in Comparative Perspective

Diego Garzia, Stefan Marschall
ECPR Press, 6 jun 2014 - 278 páginas
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Voting Advice Applications – VAAs – have become a widespread online feature of electoral campaigns in Europe, attracting growing interest from social and political scientists. But until now, there has been no systematic and reliable comparative assessment of these tools. 

Previously published research on VAAs has resulted almost exclusively in national case studies. This lack of an integrated framework for analysis has made research on VAAs unable to serve the scientific goal of systematic knowledge accumulation.

Against this background, Matching Voters With Parties and Candidates aims first at a comprehensive overview of the VAA phenomenon in a truly comparative perspective. Featuring the biggest number of European experts on the topic ever assembled, the book answers a number of open questions and addresses debates in VAA research. It also aims to bridge the gap between VAA research and related fields of political science. 

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Chapter Two The Content and Formulation of Statements in Voting
Chapter Three Comparing Methods for Estimating Parties Positions
Chapter Four Whats Behind a Matching Algorithm? A Critical
Chapter Seven Profiling Users
Chapter Nine The Impact of Voting Advice Applications on Vote Choice
A Comparative Analysis
Why Do Candidates
Chapter Twelve Using VAAGenerated Data for Mapping Partisan
Voting Advice Applications
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Diego Garzia is Jean Monnet postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Previously, he studied at the Universities of Rome (Sapienza), Leiden, Siena and Oxford. His areas of expertise include comparative political behaviour, parties and elections in Western Europe. He has authored numerous publications and professional reports including articles in journals such as Electoral Studies, Political Psychology, Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly and West European Politics. He is co-editor (with Lorella Cedroni) of Voting Advice Applications in Europe: The State of the Art – the first comparative volume ever devoted to VAAs.

Stefan Marschall is a full professor of political science and Chair of German Politics at the Department of Social Sciences, Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf. Before moving to Düsseldorf in 2010, he was full professor of political science at the University of Siegen. Stefan Marschall is a specialist on the political system of Germany, political communication online, and comparative as well as transnational parliamentarism. He has published textbooks on Germany’s political system and on parliamentarism, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters about online political communication and parliamentary affairs.

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