Second Annual Toronto Political Behaviour Workshop

7-8 November 2014, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Following on the success of last year’s inaugural workshop, we are very pleased to announce the second annual Toronto Political Behaviour Workshop, to be held November 7 and 8, 2014.  

Our goal with the TPBW is to create a new Canadian venue where innovative and cutting-edge work in political behaviour can be presented, discussed and debated. 
The format differs from the standard conference in several ways. There is a small number of papers presented; this year there are eight in total. Each paper is given at least an hour. The number of participants is limited. And there is no registration fee. With this design, we hope that the TPBW will be as attractive to those in the audience discussing the work as it is to presenters. The general environment we would like to foster is one of "constructive combat" where the goal is to improve the science. 
In addition to working papers being presented, the TPBW also includes a teaching session on a methodoligical area of interest. This year we are pleased to host a seminar on text-as-data methods led by Arthur Spirling and Erin Baggott, both of Harvard University. 
Workshop organizers: Peter Loewen (UofT), J. Scott Matthews (MUN) and Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson)


Registration for the 2014 TPBW is now closed.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, November 7

8.15am-9.00am Registration and breakfast

9.00am-9.15am Opening remarks

9.15am-10.15am Ryan T. Moore (Department of Political Science, American University) and Andrew Reeves (Department of Political Science, Washington University in Saint Louis). "Milieu: Defining Political Context with Geolocation Data," discussant: Stuart Soroka (University of Michigan)

10.30am-11.30am Sean Gailmard (Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley) and John Patty (Department of Political Science and Center for New Institutional Social Sciences, Washington University in Saint Louis). "Preventing Prevention," discussant: Hanil Chang (University of Toronto)

11.45am-12.45pm Eric Guntermann (Département de sciences politiques, Université de Montréal) and André Blais (Département de sciences politiques, Université de Montréal). "Does the Composition of Government Better Reflect the Party Preferences of Citizens Who are Better Off, More Educated and More Informed?," discussant: Eline de Rooij (Simon Fraser University)

12.45pm-2.00pm Lunch

2.00pm-3.00pm Andrew Owen (Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia) and Paul Quirk (Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia). "Climate Change, Political Appeals and Motivated Reasoning," discussant: J. Scott Matthews (Memorial University)

3.15pm-5.45pm Arthur Spirling (Department of Government, Harvard University) and Erin Baggott (Department of Government, Harvard University), "Text-as-Data Methods in Political Science"

7.30pm Workshop Dinner

Saturday, November 8

9.00am-9.45am Breakfast

9.45am-10.45am Gaurav Sood (Hoover Institution, Stanford University) and Shanto Iyengar (Department of Political Science, Stanford University). "All in the Eye of the Beholder: Partisan Affect and Ideological Accountability," discussant: Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Queen's University)

11.00am-12.00pm Miquel Pellicer (German Insitute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg University), Patrizio Piraino (School of Economics, University of Cape Town) and Eva Wegner (German Insitute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg University). "The Role of Information and Mobilization for Redistributive Preferences: A Survey Experiment in South Africa," discussant: Kanta Murali (University of Toronto)

12.15pm-1.15pm David E. Broockman (Department of Political Science, UC Berkeley) and Daniel M. Butler (Department of Political Science, Washington University in Saint Louis). "Testing Theories of Elite Influence On Public Opinion: Randomized Field Experiments With Elite Communication," discussant: Richard Johnston (University of British Columbia)

1.15pm-2.15pm Lunch

2.15pm-3.15pm Saad Gulzar (Department of Politics, New York University). "Ruling Parties, Patronage and Bureaucratic Performance in Democracies: Evidence from Punjab, Pakistan," discussant: Greg Distelhorst (University of Toronto)