Following the successful inaugural conference last year, the Department of Political Science and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington are pleased to announce the second annual conference on “Voting, Elections, and Electoral Systems” on April 8, 2016 hosted by James D. Long (Political Science) and Robert Pekkanen (JSIS).
The day-long conference at UW will provide a multi-disciplinary forum for graduate students and professors from across the social sciences – including political science, policy studies, international relations, and law – to present and discuss research on the topic of “Voting, Elections, and Electoral Systems.”
Participants will be drawn from the UW community as well as high-profile invited participants from other universities. The design of the conference allows presenters to “workshop” emergent work while gaining useful feedback from participants to advance ongoing research towards publication. Towards this end, “presenters” will be allotted one 45-60 minute slot to workshop their research. They will not conduct any formal presentation and there will be no discussant. Instead, all participants are expected to have read distributed papers ahead of time, and come prepared to give feedback and discuss the research.
The organizers of the conference have deliberately left its theme broad to encourage interest across disciplines and units on the study of voting, elections, and electoral systems. This can include, but is not limited to, studies regarding: the design of electoral systems and associated outcomes; motivations for voter turnout; the determinants of voting behavior; parties and party systems; political competition and contestation; electoral management and administration; corruption and rigging; election forensics; electoral violence; elections under hybrid or authoritarian regimes; and election law formation and reform. Scholars may study these issues using any method historically or contemporaneously in advanced industrialized democracies, including the US; developing and democratizing states in transition; and/or non-democratic regimes.
The conference will include a morning session, lunch, and afternoon session on April 8th, and a hosted dinner that evening. We anticipate the ability to workshop 6-8 papers, depending on interest, and we ask presenters and participants to commit to attending as many of the sessions as possible. People interested in presenting should email Yu Sasaki at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, February 1, 2016, at 5pm, with a title and short abstract and put in their email “CFP Proposal for Workshop [Your Name].” Participants interested in joining the discussion but not presenting research should also email Yu Sasaki by February 1. Organizers will request draft papers by March 30th to distribute to participants.
Hosting of the conference is made possible by generous funding from the Department of Political Science and Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.