Voting Advice Applications have gained a large popular audience over the last decades, but their design has not been studied very elaborately. These tools ask voters for their opinion on a number of salient issues in an election and then present the ‘best match’ between the user’s preferences and the policy preferences of the political parties in a country. In a number of projects, together with different colleagues I have begun to unravel these issues of VAA design. The main question of these studies is: how can we be sure that these tools provide voters with good advice?
Voting Advice Applications
Martin Rosema, Tom Louwerse. Response Scales in Voting Advice Applications: Do Different Designs Produce Different Outcomes?. Policy & Internet 8(4): 431-456, 2016.
Simon Otjes, Tom Louwerse. Spatial models in voting advice applications. Electoral Studies 36: 263-271, 2014.
Tom Louwerse, Martin Rosema. The design effects of voting advice applications: Comparing methods of calculating matches. Acta Politica 49(3): 286-312, 2014.
Jan Fivaz, Tom Louwerse, Daniel Schwarz. Keeping promises: VAAs and political representation. In: D. Garzia & S. Marschall (Eds.) Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates, pp. 197-216, 2014.
Tom Louwerse, Simon Otjes. Design challenges in cross-national VAAs: the case of the EU Profiler. International Journal of Electronic Governance 5(¾): 279-297, 2012.