WORKSHOP: Voter-Centric Perspectives on Electoral Democracy

Leiden, July 9-10, 2020

The REDEM Workshop on Voter-Centric Perspectives on Electoral Democracy will examine various morally salient dimensions of elections in general and of voting in particular. The presentations by 15 prominent senior and junior scholars from 10 different countries will be grounded in a wide variety of normative and empirical disciplines - political theory and philosophy, political science, media studies, science and technology studies, to name just a few - and will examine a broad collection of national and sub-national electoral cases. The 7 panels cover the constitutive stages of the electoral process, and examine topics such as franchise allocation, the determination of electoral constituencies, the normative logic of voting systems, the electors’ reasoning before and after the act of voting, political parties’ accountability towards voters, and, last, but not least, the scientific as well as the media communication of electoral information. The panel presentations and discussions will examine morally fraught decisions and dilemmas faced by voters in various countries and contexts.

DAY 1: Thursday, July 9, 2020

DAY 2: Friday, July 10, 2020

Session 1

Workshop Opening


Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF (Project Coordinator)
Welcome address

Andrei Poama - University of Leiden (Workshop Chair)

Who Gets to Vote: The Norms and Facts of
    Franchise Allocation

10:15-11:45 PANEL
Panel Chair: Eva Erman - University of Stockholm

Marcus Häggrot - Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M.
The Value(s) of Residence-based Representation: A Pluralist Account

Attila Mráz - Harvard University
Mental Disability and Voting Assistance

Panel Discussion

Session 5

The Ethics of Electoral Accountability: Voters and

09:00-10:30 PANEL
Panel Chair: José Luis Martí - Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

Alice el-Wakil - University of Zurich
Referendums and Voters’ Accountability

Chiara Destri - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF
Saving Parties from Money

Panel Discussion

10:30-10:40 BREAK

Keynote Address

10:40-12:10 INVITED TALK
Chair: Andrei Poama - University of Leiden

Sarah Birch - King's College, London
Private Electoral Finance and Normative Principles of Democracy


Session 2

The Ethics of Electoral Design: Voting Systems and
    Ballot Design

13:00-14:30 PANEL
Panel Chair: Alexandru Volacu - University of Bucharest

Adrian Blau - King's College, London
First-Past-the-Post and Fairness as Equity

Pierre-Étienne Vandamme - Université Libre de Bruxelles
Voting Ethics and the Norms of Electoral Design

Panel Discussion

Session 6

The Ethics of Electoral Technologies

13:00-15:15 PANEL
Panel Chair: Bram Klievink - University of Leiden

Andreas Albertsen - Aarhus University
Voting Applications

Cristina Voinea - University of Economic Studies, Bucharest
The Ethics of Online Political Micro-targeting

Laurenţiu Gheorghe - University of Bucharest
Privacy, Electoral Integrity and Postal Voting

Panel Discussion

Session 3

Voters’ Reasons Reconstructed

14:45-17:00 PANEL
Panel Chair: Valeria Ottonelli - University of Genoa

Élise Rouméas - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF
Voting for the Second Best

Alexander Prescott-Couch - Oxford University
Inchoate Electoral Expression and the Division of Interpretive Labour

Emilee Chapman - Stanford University
There is a Duty to Vote: Grounds for the “Folk Theory of Voting Ethics”

Panel Discussion

Session 7

The Ethics of Electoral Communication (2): Political
    Scientists and Pollsters

15:30-16:15 PANEL
Panel Chair: Annabelle Lever - Sciences Po/CEVIPOF

Dimiter Toshkov - Leiden University
The Ethics of Polling and Scientific Communication of Electoral Polls

Panel Discussion

General Concluding Discussions


Session 4

The Ethics of Electoral Communication (1): The Media

17:15-18:00 PANEL
Panel Chair: Emanuela Ceva - University of Geneva

Anita Varma - Santa Clara University, USA
Polling News Coverage and Voting Behaviour

Panel Discussion

The REDEM Workshop on Voter-Centric Perspectives on Electoral Democracy is organised by the University of Leiden and is chaired by Andrei Poama.

The event will be organised on-line using the Zoom platform. Participants in each workshop session will be invited to join a closed Zoom meeting via password-protected access. Attendees will receive an email with a link and a password for each session for which they are registered. Although participation in a session is possible by opening the Zoom link in a browser, we strongly encourage the download and use of the free Zoom Client for Meetings. For those who are not familiar with Zoom, we recommend the following short video tutorials:

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Join a Zoom Meeting

How to join a workshop session once you have received an invitation.

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Zoom meeting controls

The main controls you may need to participate in a workshop session.

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Sharing your screen with Zoom meeting participants

How to share a presentation in a workshop session.

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The number of seats per session is limited in order to allow a better interaction and to allow the meeting host to manage the meeting. Registration for the workshop is done on a per session basis. You can request to attend as many sessions as you like. In order to open up the workshop to a wider attendance, we would ask participants to request registrations only for the sessions they are interested in and are able to attend.

To apply for participation please send an email to the workshop chair, specifying your name, your affiliation and a brief description (2-3 sentences) of your interest in the workshop, as well as the sessions you are interested in attending in the order of priority. Please email your application no later than June 30, 2020. Seats are limited, and, therefore, if the number of requests for a session exceeds availability, a participation decision will be made based on the information you provide. Confirmations of participation will be emailed by July 2, 2020.

For any questions about the workshop please contact the workshop chair - Andrei Poama.