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Scholarly Conference: “Revisiting Electoral Personalism”

8 December 2017 @ 8:30 am - 9 December 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Date & Time:   Dec 08, 2017 – Dec 09, 2017 (08:30 AM to 12:00 PM)

Location   Room 2115, Allen Building, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University

Conference Title: “Revisiting Electoral Personalism: What Do Incentives to Cultivate a Personal Vote in List PR Imply for Parties and for Public Policy?”
Event Dates:
Friday, December 8, 2017 (8:30 am – 5:00 pm), and
Saturday, December 9, 2017 (8:30 am – 12:00 noon)
Description: Electoral personalism (known also as “the personal vote”) refers to the organization of elections around attributes of individual candidates, as opposed to characteristics of parties. The central problem around personalism is that it dilutes party programs, orients public policies toward local as opposed to national issues, and generally weakens political parties. Personalism is said to be at the root of a number of policy outcomes, including the level, composition, and efficiency of public spending, corruption, representation of women and minorities, vote buying, subsidies allocation, and the success of structural economic reforms. The goal of this conference is to evaluate the conventional wisdom regarding open- and closed-list PR, which has remained largely unchanged over the last twenty years, even in light of new research that calls it into question. Our aim is to question at both the theoretical and the empirical levels, the assumptions that inform the canonical distinction between open- and closed-list PR rules. We seek to systematically focus on the basics of these systems, considering together the incentives they provide for the behavior of parties, candidates, legislators, and voters. The papers will be collected into a volume to be submitted to a journal for a special issue.
   Gabriela Borz, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Peter Buisseret , University of Chicago
Royce Carroll, University of Essex, United Kingdom
José Antonio Cheibub, Texas A&M University
Olle Folke, Uppsala University
Marko Klasnja, Georgetown University
Daniel Kselman, IE School of International Relations, IE University, Spain
Carol A. Mershon, University of Virginia
Thomas Mustillo, Purdue University
Monika Nalepa, University of Chicago
Carlo Prato, Columbia University
Johanna Rickne, Stockholm University
Gisela Sin, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

For more information contact: Ann Klaus, annklaus@tamu.edu



8 December 2017 @ 8:30 am
9 December 2017 @ 12:00 pm
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