CSES at MPSA 2019

The 2019 annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) will take place in Chicago,  April 4-7, 2019. If you’re planning to attend, you may be interested in the sessions listed below, which make use of CSES data.

If you are making a presentation which makes use of CSES data and it does not appear here, please let us know via email: cses@umich.edu.

The conference will be held at the Palmer House Hilton. When you arrive at MPSA, please verify the below room locations in the final conference program, as they are subject to change.

Friday, April 5, 2019


Panel: Election campaigns

9:45 to 11:15am, Sandburg 4

Presentation: Inequality, Policy Polarization, and the Income Gap in Turnout
Matthew Polacko, Royal Holloway, University of London

I investigate the contingent nature of income inequality on turnout, by examining the redistributive policy options that are presented to the electorate, via CSES data in 29 advanced democracies and 98 elections from 1996-2016.

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New CSES Country Spotlight: Hungary

After a 16 year hiatus, Hungary is back as part of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES)! Despite the active participation of the early Hungarian collaborators in the first two modules, Hungary was unable to participate in the third and the fourth modules. In 2018, Central European University and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Budapest, Hungary, stepped in to provide the means for a new national survey.

The early 21st century, in Hungary, but also in Europe and globally, has been marked by a somewhat unexpected rise in populist politics. In fact, Hungary has often been considered a front-runner in experimenting with populist and anti-immigrant policies. The building of a four meter high fence between Hungary, and Serbia and Croatia was accompanied by intensive anti-immigration campaigns. The authorities presented the issue of immigration as part of a large-scale conspiracy by international elites against ordinary Europeans. As part of the populist and increasingly authoritarian governmental course, opposition parties have been harassed and non-governmental organizations threatened. This situation provided the researchers with the excellent opportunity to benefit from the populism theme of CSES Module 5. Continue reading “New CSES Country Spotlight: Hungary”