Research project: How Politicians and Political Parties Communicate with Voters (Daniel Bischof)

The ways and means how political parties engage with citizens have changed over time. Some forms of communication are increasingly used, whereas others are in decline. Today, party representatives appear on television and use social media instead of handing out leaflets or making house calls. The changes of means is also accompanied by a change of style and tone politicians rely on. Pundits, the media and voters suggest that specifically populist parties communicate slogan-based, repetitive and rely on a simplification of politics. Yet, scholarly work has yet to investigates if populist parties communicate this way and whether this changes the political debate and contemporary democracies:

  • How did the style and tone of political texts and speeches change since 1945?
  • What consequences do this changes have for voters?
  • Do parliamentarians strategically use style and tone of speech to seduce the masses?

Collaboration:

  • Daniel Bischof organizes a workshop on Field Experiments in Legislative Research, Zurich (CH). Funded by Graduate Campus Grant.
  • Workshop organization on Field Experiments with Legislators in Zurich 2017.
  • Field Experiment: with Florian Foos, Sarah Cohen, Gidon Cohen, Patrick M. Kuhn, Kyriaki Nanou, Nick Visalvanich & Nick Vivyan. “Seeking the Personal Vote: How Legislators Exploit the Party Line.” funded by British Academy Small Research Grant (2017-2019).
  • Survey Experiment: with Céline Colombo. “Voter Competence and the Complexity of Political Messages.”

Deliverables:

  • „Complexity & repetitiveness in political speech: a research agenda“ at University of Basel 2018
  • Daniel Bischof. 2018. “Ideological Congruence between Party Rhetoric & Policy-Making.” West European Politics 41(2): 310-328.
  • Daniel Bischof. 2017. “New Graphic Schemes for Stata: plotplain & plottig.” Stata Journal 17(3): 748-759.
  • Luca Bernardi, Laura Morales, Maarja Lühiste & Daniel Bischof. 2017. “The Effects of the Fukushima Disaster on Nuclear Energy Debates and Policies: A Two-Steps Comparative Examination.” Environmental Politics: first view.
  • Paper: with Florian Foos, Sarah Cohen, Gidon Cohen, Patrick M. Kuhn, Kyriaki Nanou, Nick Visalvanich & Nick Vivyan. “Seeking the Personal Vote: How Legislators Exploit the Party Line.”
  • Paper: with Roman Senninger. “What Kind of European Union Oversight Do Voters Want from Parties?”. Presented at MPSA 2017 (Chicago).
  • Paper: with Denise Traber. “Clutter: How much information do party manifestos contain?”. To be presented at Manifesto Corpus Conference 2018 (Berlin).

Publications:

Funding:

  • with Kyriaki Nanou & Florian Foos. British Academy Small Research Grant (approx. 10.000 pounds)
  • with Céline Colombo. Research Funding by IPZ (16.000 CHF)