In July 2020 I have been awarded an ERC StG grant to examine the meanings of ‘voting’ for ordinary citizens, their causes and consequences. The project started in January 2021 and will last 5 years.
The central aims of DeVOTE are:
- to understand what ‘voting’ means for ordinary citizens;
- to examine the variation of ‘voting’ meanings across individuals and across countries;
- to study how elections create and modify these ‘voting’ meanings;
- to investigate the consequences of ‘voting’ meanings for citizens’ preferences, attitudes and their political behaviours;
- to devise an ‘observatory’ for systematic data collection on the meanings of voting on Election Day that can favours the scientific interpretation of election outcomes.
Studying what voting means for citizens in a variety of countries promises to provide a ground-breaking understanding of citizen-conceptualizations of representation and the psychology of voting that can challenge conventional wisdom about participation and voting as well as lead to practical implications for how elections are run and administered.
The project is hosted by the Department of Government at the University of Vienna, a vibrant political science department dedicated to excellence in research and teaching, a relaxed social atmosphere, and located in one of the world’s best cities.
A project website will soon be available. Come back soon to find out more about the project, learn about the team, the advisory board, how you can contact us and find out how to get involved in the project!