Voting Advice Applications

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?

Publications

. Spatial models in voting advice applications. Electoral Studies 36: 263-271, 2014.

Project Accepted Manuscript doi

. Keeping promises: VAAs and political representation. In: D. Garzia & S. Marschall (Eds.) Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates, pp. 197-216, 2014.

Project Project Order Book

. Design challenges in cross-national VAAs: the case of the EU Profiler. International Journal of Electronic Governance 5(¾): 279-297, 2012.

Project Accepted Manuscript doi