Date: 2015-10-02
Time: 00:00:00
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Category: Call for Papers
Subject: CPSA section call: Do campaigns (still) matter?


Do campaigns matter? Nearly 20 years since Holbrook asked the question in his volume of that name – and nearly 25 years since Johnston and colleagues’ "Letting the People Decide" responded to the query in the affirmative – whether the sound and fury of election campaigns signifies anything to voters remains a matter of debate. Recent political currents arguably narrow the scope for campaign influence on voting behaviour. Globally, the age of social media portends a system of political communications in which citizens can “select in to political conversations that resonate with their existing political attitudes – which simultaneously allows them to “select out” of debates that might challenge their predispositions. In the United States, the signal development of the era is the resurgence of mass partisanship – leading to polarization of attitudes and beliefs – aided and abetted by an increasingly partisan media landscape. Real-world politics aside, political science has lately questioned key empirical demonstrations of campaign effects, particularly concerning campaigns’ capacity to draw the voter’s attention to questions of public policy.

In my role as organizer of the political behaviour/sociology section of the Canadian Political Science Association’s annual general meeting (31 May to 2 June, 2016, Calgary, Alberta), and in conjunction with David Peterson (Iowa State), I would like to invite PAPER, PANEL and ROUNDTABLE PROPOSALS relevant to the question: do campaigns still matter? The question is understood broadly to include matters of enduring interest to campaign effects scholars – like the influence of advertising, candidates debates and news coverage, or general models of campaign persuasion, learning or mobilization – in addition to issues
raised by the contemporary context of elections. 

A capstone panel on the 2016 U.S. election will highlight the week, and will feature Richard Johnston (UBC), Hans Noel (Georgetown), and Lynn Vavreck (UCLA). (This panel is co-sponsored by the comparative politics section.)

Interested scholars should submit their proposals by OCTOBER 15TH, 2015, to the “Political Behaviour/Sociology” section through the following link: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/cfp/cfp_index

Travel subsidies, available on a competitive basis, will be funded by the Canadian Opinion Research Archive (http://www.queensu.ca/cora/). Selection criteria include academic merit and financial need (which may reflect, for example, career stage or distance to the conference). To be considered for a travel subsidy, please email your request by December 1st, 2015 to Scott Matthews at scott.matthews@mun.ca.

The call for papers for the CPSA AGM is here: http://www.cpsa-acsp.ca/documents/pdfs/conference/2016/Call_for_Proposals_2016.Final.pdf

J. Scott Matthews, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator, Department of Political Science
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL, Canada A1B 3X9

Director, Canadian Opinion Research Archive (http://www.queensu.ca/cora/)
School of Policy Studies, Queen's University at Kingston
Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: (709) 864-3093
Fax: (709) 864-4000
Email: jsmatthews99@gmail.com / scott.matthews@mun.ca



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