The empathy gap: understanding why some people don’t vote
Not everyone votes. Using data from the 2015 Finnish National Election Study, Kimmo Grönlund and Hanna Wass look at what factors make a person less likely to go to the polls or get involved in politics. They warn against assuming non-voting is a matter of personal choice and suggest ways to overcome the ‘solidarity deficit’ that emerges when some sections of society have no say in politics.
The Democratic Innovations section at the ECPR General Conference Prague, 7-10 September 2016
Best Paper Award The Standing Group on Democratic Innovations of the ECPR has decided to award Hannah Werner and Sofie Marien from the KU Leuven, Belgium, for their paper “Why Citizen Involvement is a Story of Apples and Oranges. Studying Individual Differences in the Effect of Citizen Involvement and Outcome Favorability on Fairness Perceptions”. The paper is very well written, polished and close to being publishable as it is. Moreover, it provides new and important insights into how citizens value involvement due to different reasons and explains these involvement valuations in light of innovative factors derived from social psychology and organizational theory. The research is stringently carried out and the findings are important for the research field of democratic innovations and participation.
12 October 2016
Professor Kimmo Grönlund Professor André Bächtiger
Åbo Akademi University University of Stuttgart
Convenors of the Standing Group
Dr. Kim Strandberg Dr. Sergiu Gherghina
Academy research fellow Lecturer in Political Science
Åbo Akademi University Goethe University Frankfurt
Business meeting at the ECPR General Conference in Prague
Welcome to the Standing Group´s business meeting at the ECPR General Conference in Prague. The meeting will take place on Thursday 8 September from 1430-1530. The location is FL220. This information will shortly appear in the conference timetable on the website, and will also appear in the conference programme.
The Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance is convening the Second Deliberative Democracy Summer School from 15-17 February 2017. The three-day summer school will focus on classical debates and emerging themes in deliberative theory and practice, including deliberative cultures, representation in the deliberative system and methodological innovations in researching deliberative politics. Participants will have an opportunity to present their work and receive feedback from the speakers and fellow participants.
There is no registration fee for the summer school. Participants are expected to shoulder their travel fares and accommodation at the UC Village. Limited travel grants are available. More information is available in our websiteand the poster (attached).
Speakers include: John Dryzek, Nicole Curato, Selen Ercan, Simon Niemeyer, Jonathan Pickering, Jensen Sass, Ana Tanasoca (University of Canberra), André Bächtiger (University of Stuttgart), Marit Böker (Keele University), Simone Chambers (University of California, Irvine), Kimmo Grönlund (Åbo Akademi), Carolyn Hendriks (Australian National University), Karin Bäckstrand and Jonathan Kuyper
(University of Stockholm), Ricardo Mendonça (Federal University of Minas Gerais) and John Parkinson (Griffith University)
Listen to convenor Kimmo Grönlund when he talks about the standing group.
The ANNUAL membership renewal process begins December 1 2015. This is something the ECPR requires. Each standing group member will be able to log in to their MyECPR account and renew their membership. ALL members need to do it but it is simple.
Instructions: Go to www.ecpr.eu and login by clicking on “MyECPR”. When you are logged in, please click on “MyECPR” in the upper right corner and a new content list will be visible. Then click on “My groups” and all the Standing Groups will be visible. Click on Democratic Innovations and then click join (or renew membership).