APSA Prize:  At the September 2022 meeting of the American Political Science Association, the CNEP was presented with the Comparative Politics Section’s Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Prize as a co-winner for the best data set in comparative politics.

Recent election surveys: In July, 2022, new survey data from elections held in Hong Kong in 2019, Taiwan and Serbia in 2020, and Chile in 2021 were posted on this website and added to our comprehensive merged data set. This was followed by the February 1, 2023 posting of data from the 2022 presidential election in Brazil and the February20, 2023 posting of data from the 2022 congressional elections in the United States. Data from recent election surveys in Greece, Germany, and Colombia will soon be standardized for inclusion in these website postings.

In accord with our standing policy, several surveys were transferred from the password-protected segment of this website to the Publicly Available page.  Relatively recent data sets that are available to the general public are for  the United States 2016, Taiwan 2016, Russia 2016, Iran 2016, France 2017, Germany 2017, Great Britain 2017, Chile 2017, Colombia 2018, Italy 2018, Mexico 2018, and Chile 2021.  In addition, these data were incorporated into the merged data set (called Merge54) that is also open to all scholars.  This merged file includes data from 54 national election surveys.  In addition, the following data sets are currently embargoed in the password-protected page of this website but will become available to the general public at the end of the 5-year embargo period or on decision by the survey’s principal investigator:  Ukraine 2019, South Africa 2019, Indonesia 2019, Hong Kong 2019, Serbia 2020, Taiwan 2020, the United States 2020 and 2022, and Brazil 2022.

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.  Based on data from 26 CNEP surveys through 2008, 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)

Recent CNEP Conferences:

The CNEP Bali meeting

The Bali Conference: Our last pre-covid annual meeting was held in August, 2019, on the Indonesian island of Bali. Thanks to extremely generous support from our Indonesian host, Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting, the CNEP conference/workshop took place in the spectacular Laguna resort hotel complex in Nusa Dua. On the day before that meeting four CNEP collaborators (Beck, Gunther, Magalhães and Mattes) also presented research papers at a seminar on “Democratic Consolidation and Deconsolidation in the World” at Warmadewa University in nearby Denpasar.

A breakout session in Bali

The CNEP conference began with the presentation and discussion of research on:  changes in democratic support and the deconsolidation of some democratic systems; varying understandings of “democracy” in 29 CNEP countries; political polarization; electoral integrity; cross-national variations in political network size; and intermediation through electronic networks. These were followed by “breakout sessions” in which working groups formulated plans for future research on these and other topics. Initial findings from recent CNEP surveys were also presented and discussed. The meeting concluded with deliberations over revisions in the CNEP core questionnaire, which were incorporated in 2021.

At the Bali meeting, an advisory committee was designated by acclamation.  Its initial members are Pedro Magalhães, Robert Mattes, Alejandro Moreno and Erik Nisbet.

Principal investigators on the CNEP project met in Bogota, Colombia, in September 2018.

The CNEP meeting in Bogota, Colombia

The Bogota conference: The previous meeting was held in Bogota, Colombia, September 21-22, 2018.  Most of the conference was devoted to presentations and discussion of preliminary findings based on CNEP data that our various research teams are currently analyzing.  Some time, however, was devoted to reviewing the current status of our most recent post-election surveys, as well as making some revisions in our core questionnaire and our data archives.

In early October 2016, Ohio State University’s Mershon Center, Department of Political Science, and School of Communication hosted a CNEP conference at the Mershon Center focused on the project’s progress to date and plans for the future.  Nineteen CNEP collaborators attended the conference, including many long-time participants, as well as new members from Chile, Germany and Russia.  The core questionnaire was refined for future CNEP surveys, plans were laid for future collaborative research and preliminary findings were presented and discussed.

The findings of one facet of this new round of research (concerning the impact of fake news on the 2016 US presidential election) were so newsworthy as to have been covered in news articles published in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and other press outlets.

In addition, conferees Thorsten Faas, Olga Kamenchuk, Pedro Magalhães, Robert Mattes, Gerardo Maldonado and Erik Nisbet participated in a panel discussion on The Media in Elections before a campus-wide audience.

CNEP panelists discussed "Media's Role in Elections: International Perspectives" on October 3, 2016, at The Ohio State University.

CNEP panelists discussed “Media’s Role in Elections: International Perspectives” on October 3, 2016, at The Ohio State University.

CNEP presentation to Mexican electoral officials and general public, Oaxaca.

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.  An important goal of the CNEP is to disseminate our research findings not only 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 (ITAM).   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.