CSDP Conference on The American Electoral Process

The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics in the Woodrow Wilson School held a three-day conference entitled “The American Electoral Process” in May 2008. Panels addressed a full range of issues related to elections in America, beginning with an overview of the complex 2008 election, and including: Data 2008: Survey Analyses in Real Time; When Campaigns Work; Turnout; Partisanship; Securing the Vote; Election Administration; and Campaign Dynamics. This conference brought together top scholars from across the country to examine questions about how our electoral system works – and sometimes fails to work – in the context of this election year. Click here for a detailed agenda and links to papers from this conference. 

About this site

The mission of Princeton’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School is to promote empirical research on democratic processes and institutions.  That broad mandate has attracted a diverse collection of faculty, students, and visitors pursuing a wide variety of research topics. However, the American electoral process has been a recurrent focus of interest for many of the scholars associated with CSDP and a frequent topic of conferences, colloquia, and other events sponsored by the Center.  As the 2008 campaign unfolds, we thought it might be helpful and fun to collect the election-related research, analyses, and offbeat insights of our extended scholarly community, both for our own edification and as a resource for others interested in how political scientists are thinking about the election.  We welcome contributions, comments, and suggestions. For more about the people and activities of CSDP, please visit our website, http://www.princeton.edu/~csdp/. To post a comment, click the "speech bubble."

  — Larry M. Bartels, Director

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