Stefaan Walgrave (Antwerp University)
He is a professor of political science at Antwerp University (Belgium). Earlier, he was a visiting scholar at Harvard University (2003-2004), Stanford University (2011-2012) and Mannheim University (2013). In Antwerp, he leads the Media, Movements and Politics research group (www.M2P.be). Walgrave’s research is situated at the border of political science, sociology and communication science. His research deals with media & politics and more in particular with the agenda-setting role of the media. He also works on social movements and protest participation and has mainly published on the basis of the protest survey design he co-developed. Regarding electoral behavior, he has mainly published about issue ownership and how this affects both voters’ and parties’ behavior. He also has a keen interest in the effect and functioning of voting advice applications. He published in journals like the American Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Communication, and Public Opinion Quarterly. He holds an Advanced ERC Grant (2012-2017) about how individual political elites deal with information from society. The project compares elites in three countries, Belgium, Canada and Israel.
During his stay at EUI, Stefaan Walgrave will mainly work at a book about the information processing by individual political actors. Departing from the idea that simply is too much information coming in from society for political elites to process, the question is how individual actors prioritize the information they look at and act upon. This is a relevant question in a democracy, since the prioritization of some bits of information says a lot about the responsiveness of politicians and the representational role they play.
The data for the book project come from a comparative study of three countries that are very diverse in terms of their political system, mostly their electoral system: Belgium, Canada and Israel. In these three countries individual politicians—national-level MPs but also party leaders and ministers—are examined relying on a range of methods going from interviews, over surveys and observation to full-fledged experimentations. Data collection happened in two waves in 2013 and 2015. During his stay at EUI, Walgrave will draw on this material and work at a book manuscript.
Period of stay: 01/04/2016 - 30/06/2016
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Fernand Braudel Fellows 2014-2015