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Date: 2018-12-05
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Subject: Call for Applications - Leuven-Montreal Winter School


5th Leuven-Montréal Winter School on Elections


In collaboration with the

Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)


Supported by the

ECPR Standing Group on
Public Opinion and Voting Behaviour in a Comparative Perspective


The Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship


March 2 – 9, 2019, University of Leuven (Belgium)


Elections and voting behavior are central topics in political science. This leads to a large and continuously expanding literature on voters and their behavior during elections. Almost by definition, this line of research calls for sophisticated research, both from a theoretical and a methodological point of view. Furthermore, methods investigating these topics are varied and evolve rapidly. The high-quality standards in the field imply that there is a need for specific training for PhD students working on these topics.


The Leuven-Montréal Winter School addresses this need by offering a program focused on theories and methods in the study of elections and voting behavior. The Winter School is organized jointly by the universities of Montreal and Leuven and is based on the expertise of these universities and other renowned scholars on elections and voting behaviour.



The target audience of the winter school are doctoral students in political behaviour, elections, political parties and public opinion. Given the fact that the teaching methods are highly interactive and that we stimulate discussions between students and professors, we limit the number of participants to 25. Ideally, we will have a mix of junior and more advanced PhD students.



Our aim is to equip students with the core theoretical frameworks and empirical tools in the field of electoral behaviour. Furthermore, we seek to offer a forum where junior scholars can interact and discuss their work with senior scholars in the field. Additionally, students are encouraged to produce high-level research and the feedback they will receive should strengthen the publication potential of their work.



The school consists of 7 days of teaching, with approximately 42 contact hours. The contact hours comprise staff lectures, student presentations, and seminar discussions.


Lectures in this fifth edition will be given by:

Ann-Kristin Kölln (Aarhus University): Political Parties and Elections

Hanspeter Kriesi (European University Institute): Political Conflict in Europe and Electoral Behaviour

Rachel Gibson (University of Manchester): Electoral Campaigns From the Analogue to the Digital Age

Ed Fieldhouse (University of Manchester): The Social Dimension of Voter Turnout

Will Jennings (University of Southampton): The Effect of Electoral Campaigns

Michael Lewis-Beck (University of Iowa): Economic Voting: An Update of Classic Insights

Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal): Voters and Parties in a Context of Volatility


Students are required to attend all presentations by the faculty and their fellow students. In addition, they are expected to actively engage in the discussions. Successful participation in the Winter School will be fully accredited (6 ECTS). Additionally, students who require a grade will be evaluated according to the following three requirements: participation in the discussions of the seminar (25%), oral presentation of the student paper (25%), and the quality of the student paper as revised no later than 6 weeks after the end of the course (50%). This revision should reflect the recommendations given during the seminar.



The program fee is 360 euro and includes lunches, course material, and the social program. Students organize their own stay in the city, rates at a budget hotel start from €50/night per room for a two-person room. Everything in Leuven is within walking distance.



Interested students should send a title and an abstract (approximately 500 words) of their proposed paper to election.winter.school@gmail.com by December 21st, 2018. Applications should include information on the topic of the students’ dissertation, their affiliation and the name of their supervisor, as well as the date of first enrolment in a PhD program. In addition, applications have to include an indication of students’ quantitative methods skills (e.g., courses taken, software packages used, experience in performing statistical analyses).


After being accepted:

Students are required to submit a 8,000-word paper before the start of the Winter School (by February 16th 2019 at the latest). The paper can take the form of an empirical study, a theoretical discussion, a review of the literature, or a research design. If accepted, students will present their paper during one of the afternoon sessions and will receive feedback from other students and from one of the leading academic teachers of the Winter School. The best student paper will be awarded the 5th Victor D’Hondt Prize for Electoral Research.



The Winter School will take place in Leuven, close to Brussels (Belgium). Leuven (Louvain) is a small historical university town, with a vibrant cultural life. The city can easily be reached from Brussels Airport with a fifteen-minute train ride.



In 2019, the University of Leuven will host the Winter School and all sessions will take place in the city centre at:


Research Department Building, Schapenstraat 34, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

              Location on Google Maps


Organizing committee

André Blais (Université de Montréal)

Ruth Dassonneville (Université de Montréal)

Patrick Fournier (Université de Montréal)

Marc Hooghe (University of Leuven)

Local organizing committee

Marc Hooghe, Martin Okolikj, Greet Louw and Dieter Stiers


Day-to-day schedule March 2019

Friday March 2



Opening reception

Saturday March 3



Prof. Ann-Kristin Kölln – Political parties and elections


Student papers

Sunday March 4



Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi – Political conflict in Europe and electoral behaviour


Student papers

Monday March 5



Prof. Rachel Gibson – Electoral campaigns from the analogue to the digital age


Student papers

Tuesday March 6



Prof. Ed Fieldhouse – The social dimension of voter turnout


Student papers

Wednesday March 7

No class – Social program

Thursday March 8



Prof. Will Jennings – The effect of electoral campaigns


Student papers

Friday March 9



Prof. Michael S. Lewis-Beck – Economic voting: An update of classic insights


Student papers

Saturday March 10



Prof. Ruth Dassonneville – Voters and parties in a context of volatility


Student papers


Certificates, winner of the 5th Victor D’Hondt prize, and reception.


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