Voting Advice Applications – VAAs – have become a widespread online feature of electoral campaigns in Europe, attracting growing interest from social and political scientists. But previously published research has resulted almost exclusively in national case studies.

This book presents a comprehensive overview of the VAA phenomenon in a truly comparative perspective. Featuring the biggest number of European experts on the topic ever assembled, it answers open questions, addresses debates in VAA research, and aims to bridge the gap between this research and related political science fields. 

'... opens new perspectives on what VAAs can tell us about the workings of democratic politics... will be the most comprehensive and authoritative resource on VAAs for years to come.' Kees Aarts, University of Twente 

New Chair and Executive Committee take office 22/04/2015

The Joint Sessions in Warsaw marked the end of the mandate of the 2012-15 Executive Committee, chaired by Simona Piattoni. Seven new members of the EC were elected by ECPR Council in an electronic ballot at the beginning of the year, and they will join the five continuing members to serve the 2015-18 term under the new Chair, Rudy Andeweg. Professor Andeweg said of his appointment:

‘On behalf of the whole ECPR ‘family’, I would like to thank Simona Piattoni for the leadership she has provided in the past three years. As her successor as ECPR Chair, I have come to appreciate even more the time and effort that she has invested, and the difficult decisions that she never shied away from. It will be a big challenge to step in her shoes, but together with the whole Executive Committee, and with the advice and support of Central Services in our new headquarters, Harbour House, I look forward to contributing to the further development of our Consortium.’

A full list of members of the current EC, along with their portfolios for the next three years can be found here.

Review of Activities 2012-15 out now 16/04/2015

We are pleased to announce that our Review of Activities 2012–2015 has now been published, and you can read it here.

Marking the end of the outgoing Executive Committee’s term under the Chairship of Simona Piattoni, the Review provides an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved through the hard work of both the outgoing Executive Committee and our members. You can read reports from the Executive Committee; find out more about the wide range of successful events that have taken place, including the General Conferences, Joint- and Research Sessions and Methods School; see a list of prizes awarded; funding provided; activities of the Standing Groups; and reports on the ECPR’s stable of journals and book series, including the ECPR Press. 

How, and under which conditions, can consultative committees exert influence if they have access to legislators (voice) but no formal veto power (vote)? Drawing on the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee of the European Union, this book by Diana Panke, Christoph Hönnige and Julia Gollub shows that consultative committees face several challenges when it comes to influencing the content of policies, but are nevertheless sometimes successful in getting their opinions heard. It develops a sender-receiver model and puts it to a comprehensive empirical test. 

A quantitative analysis and three in-depth case studies on the European citizens’ initiative, the European grouping of territorial cooperation and the Liberalisation of Community Postal Services show how capacities, incentives and preferences of consultative committees and legislative decision-makers need to be configured to allow for the influence of the CoR and the EESC. 

'...a first-rate scholarly book, rich with factual nuggets and clear analysis.'
Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

'This book’s clearly articulated evidence, findings and implications make it recommended reading for anyone interested in the role that committees play in our political systems, and essential for students of EU governance.'
Michelle Cini, University of Bristol