How Institutional Structures Shape Citizen Behavior


June 19-20, 2009

Cornell University


Based on cross-national analyses of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) data, this workshop brings together scholars of voter behavior to examine how the institutional context represented in the electoral system, party system, and constitutional structures shape citizen electoral behavior in contemporary democracies. The conference is organized by Christopher J. Anderson (Cornell University) and Russell J. Dalton (UC Irvine), and hosted and funded by the Cornell Institute for European Studies with support from the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University and the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine.




Introduction: Political Choice in Context

Christopher J. Anderson, Cornell University and Russell Dalton, UC Irvine


Electoral Supply and Voter Engagement
Miki Caul Kittilson, Arizona State University and Christopher J. Anderson, Cornell University

Left-Right Orientations, Context, and Voting Choices
Russell Dalton, UC Irvine

Context, Information, and Performance Voting
Timothy Hellwig, University of Houston

Context and Candidates
Yuliya Tverdova, UC Irvine

Strategic Voting Across Elections, Parties, and Voters
AndrŽ Blais, University of MontrŽal, and Thomas Gschwend, University of Mannheim

The Role of Party Policy Positions in the Operation of Democracy
Robin Best, Leiden University and Michael D. McDonald, Binghamton University

Institutions and the Ideological Congruence of Governments
G. Bingham Powell, University of Rochester


Electoral Supply and Attitudes Toward the Political System
Christopher J. Anderson, Cornell University