The most recent book produced through the collaborative efforts of our CNEP team of researchers has been published in hardback, paperback and electronic editions by Routledge. Voting in Old and New Democracies, ed. by Richard Gunther, Paul A. Beck, Pedro Magalhães and Alejandro Moreno, includes the following chapters:
Chapter 1: Introduction (Pedro C. Magalhães, with Paul A. Beck, Richard Gunther and Alejandro Moreno)
Chapter 2: Global Patterns of Exposure to Political Intermediaries (Paul A. Beck and Richard Gunther)
Chapter 3: Mobilization, Informal Networks and the Social Contexts of Turnout (Pedro C. Magalhães, with Paolo Segatti and Tianjian Shi)
Chapter 4: Value Cleavages Revisited (Alejandro Moreno)
Chapter 5: The Changing Determinants of the Vote (Richard Gunther, Marina Costa Lobo, Paolo Bellucci and Marco Lisi)
Chapter 6: Parties, Elections, Voters and Democracy (Robert Mattes, with Saiful Mujani, R. William Liddle, Tianjian Shi and Yun-han Chu)
Chapter 7: Intermediation, Mobilization, Voting and Citizen Participation: Findings From In-Depth and Longitudinal Analyses of Spain
(Richard Gunther, José Ramón Montero and Hans-Jürgen Puhle)
Chapter 8: Conclusion (Alejandro Moreno, with Paul A. Beck, Richard Gunther and Pedro C. Magalhães)
A special issue of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research (Winter 2015, volume 27, issue 4), entitled “Informal Political Conversations Across Time and Space: Setting the Research Agenda,” contains 4 articles that make use of CNEP data:
• William P. Eveland, Jr,, Hyunjin Song, and Paul A. Beck, “Cultural Variations in the Relationships Among Network Political Agreement, Political Discussion Frequency, and Voting Turnout,” pp. 461-80.
• Amy Erica Smith, “The Diverse Impacts of Politically Diverse Networks: Party Systems, Political Disagreement, and the Timing of Vote Decisions,” pp. 481-96.
• Oana Lup, “Informal Political Conversation in Old and New Democracies in a Comparative Perspective,” 497-508.
• Anne Schäfer, “Differential Learning in Communication Networks. Interpersonal Communication Moderating Influences of News Media Usage on Political Knowledge,” pp. 509-43.
Our 2015 conference/workshop was held in Oaxaca, Mexico, July 3-5. This meeting was hosted by the municipal government of Oaxaca and the Instituto Estatal Electoral y de Participación Ciudadana de Oaxaca. At this meeting, final revisions in the CNEP IV core questionnaire were discussed and various technical issues were addressed and resolved. The most important of these revisions involved shortening the core questionnaire in an effort to make it easier for both new and continuing country-teams to adopt, particularly by survey teams facing time and space constraints resulting from commitments to other projects (such as CSES and the Global Barometer surveys).
Also discussed by the CNEP principal investigators were the various research themes that will be analyzed by the cross-national teams of researchers that will be formed over the coming months. These will serve as the basis of future publications.
An important goal of the CNEP is to disseminate our research findings not only among among the scholarly community but also to the general public and institutions charged with responsibility for guaranteeing the integrity of the electoral process in both long-established and emerging democracies. Accordingly, CNEP principal investigators participated in two public conferences held in conjunction with the Oaxaca meeting. One of these was a Foro internacional sobre procesos electorales (International Forum on Electoral Processes)–a roundtable discussion co-sponsored by the Instituto Estatal Electoral y de Participación Ciudadana de Oaxaca, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. CNEP principal investigators provided country-specific responses to a series of questions based upon their personal experiences and expertise. This conference was held in the historic Francisco de Burgoa Library in Oaxaca, and attracted an audience of nearly 100 members of the general public and Oaxacan state and municipal governments. The other was a full-day conference on “Voters, Elections and Political Intermediation in the World” at the CIDE campus just outside Mexico City.