par Renwick, Alan;Pilet, Jean-Benoît
Référence Annual Conference of the American Political Science Association (3-6 September 2009: Toronto)
Publication Non publié, 2009-09-03
Communication à un colloque
Résumé : It is widely recognized, even by the most parsimonious modellers, that values can be important to processes of electoral reform. But exactly what roles values can play and how these roles can be analysed empirically are issues that have not yet received sufficient attention. This paper seeks to address this lacuna. It begins by outlining the sorts of values that might matter in episodes of electoral reform and then draws on existing research to identify six primary mechanisms through which values could matter. It considers different possible factors that may shape which values matter most in any particular case, arranging these along a continuum from cultural to individual. Finally, the paper assesses different means by which the roles of values might be gauged empirically and specific hypotheses regarding these roles might thereby be tested. It argues that a mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches remains essential. The paper thus constitutes a prelude to a wider project in which such empirical analysis is in fact conducted.