Seventh Annual Toronto Political Behaviour Workshop

Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto

November 8-9, 2019

We are pleased to announce registration for the seventh annual Toronto Political Behaviour Workshop is now open. The workshop will take place November 8 and 9, 2019 at the Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place, at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto.

Please register to attend the workshop using the link below.

We have a preferred rate at the Kimpton Saint George Hotel, a five minute walk from Munk. To book the hotel and take advantage of the rate, click here and then the "check availability" link and select the dates. The rate is valid until October 8.

We will spend 45 minutes on each paper and there is a poster session on Friday afternoon. Lunches are provided and we will host a reception for participants on Friday evening.

The TPBW is co-hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University Toronto and the Department of Politics, Ryerson University. Please forward any questions to Daniel Rubenson & Peter Loewen.

Workshop Schedule

Friday, November 8

9.00am-9.25am Check in and coffee

9.25am-9.30am Opening remarks

9.30am-10.15am Arturas Rozenas (New York University), Denis Stukal (New York University) and Georgiy Syunyaev (Columbia University). "Persuasion Through State-Controlled Media: Experimental Evidence from Russia"

10.15am-11.00am Quinn Albaugh (Princeton University). "The Blue and the Orange: The Orange Order and Protestant-Conservative Connection, 1899-1917"

11.00am-11.20am Break

11.20am-12.05pm Jonathan Nagler (New York University), Greg Eady (New York University), Jan Zilinsky (New York University) and Joshua Tucker (New York University). "Voter Information and Learning in the US 2016 Presidential Election: Evidence from a Panel Survey Combined with Direct Observation of Social Media Activity"

12.05pm-12.50pm Eline de Rooij (Simon Fraser University), Florian Foos (London School of Economics) and Vanessa Cheng-Matsuno (King's College London). "Nag Him, Nag Her: Is Voter Mobilization Within Households Gendered?"

12.50pm-1.05pm Book Launch: Randy Besco, Identities and Interests

1.05pm-2.00pm Lunch

2.00pm-2.45pm Valérie-Anne Mahéo (Université de Montréal). "How a Get-Out-The-Children-Vote Campaign Impacts Political Socialization and Electoral Participation of Family Members: Evidence from a Large Scale Randomized Field Experiment"

2.45pm-3.00pm Break

3.00pm-3.45pm Leah Rosenzweig (Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse). "Social Voting in Semi-Authoritarian Systems"

4.15pm-6.15pm Reception and Posters

Saturday, November 9

9.45am-10.00am Coffee

10.00am-10.45am Joshua Kalla (Yale University) and David Broockman (Stanford University). "Reducing Exclusionary Attitudes Through Interpersonal Conversation"

10.45am-11.30am Scott Abramson (University of Rochester), Korhan Koçak (Princeton University) and Asya Magazinnik (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). "What Do We Learn About Voter Preferences From Conjoint Experiments?"

11.30am-11.45am Break

11.45am-12.30pm Kyle Peyton (Yale University), Michael Sierra-Arévalo (Rutgers) and David Rand (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). "Community Policing and Police Legitimacy: A Field Experiment"

12.30pm-2.00pm Lunch

2.00pm-2.45pm Dietlind Stolle (McGill) and Elisabeth Gidengil (McGill). "How Strong is the Commitment to Democracy and When Does it Falter? A Conjoint Experiment on Democratic Backsliding in the US and Canada"

2.45pm-3.30pm Christopher Dawes (New York University) and Daniel Rubenson (Ryerson University). "For Club or Country: An Experiment Testing Group Identity Using Football Supporter Data"

3.30pm-3.45pm Break

3.45pm-4.30pm Yaoyao Dai (NYU Abu Dhabi) and Alexander Kustov (Princeton University). "When Do (and Don’t) Politicians Use Populist Rhetoric? Populism as a Mobilization Gamble"


In the past we have kept registration fees at $0. We want to continue to making the TPBW as affordable as possible. At the same time, we want to avoid no shows that create a waste of both food and money. To that end, we are now charging students a "deposit" of $50 and faculty members and others $100. Students who show up will be reimbursed the full $50 and faculty and others will be reimbursed $70. No shows and those who don't inform us by October 25 that they cannot come, forfeit the entire amount. All money will be used to fund the workshop.

Registration closes October 25, 2019.

Please click here to register for the workshop.

Workshop posters

Austin Hart (American University) and Scott Matthews (Memorial University). "Clarity of Responsibility and the Mediating Role of Political Campaigns"

Elizabeth Connors (University of South Carolina). "Everyone's Doing It: Polarization is Inflated by Social Pressure"

Eric Merkley (University of Toronto) and Dominik Stecula (Annenberg Public Policy Center). "Party Cues in the News: Elite Opinion Leadership and American Attitudes Towards Climate Change"

Gabriel Lenz (UC Berkeley) and Eric Guntermann (UC Berkeley). "Recessions and Democracy: How Regular Economic Downturns Help Democracy Survive"

Gento Kato (UC Davis). "Local Bandwagoning and National Balancing: How Uninformed Voters Respond to the Partisan Environment"

Giancarlo Visconti (Purdue) and Kayla Young (Purdue). "Do Natural Disasters Change Risk Perceptions and Policy Preferences About Climate Change?"

Giorgio Malet (European University Institute). "Cross-National Social Influence: A Natural Experiment"

Irina Soboleva (Columbia University). "No Politics, Please! When Democracy Promotion Suppresses Political Engagement "

Jacob Brown (Harvard University) and Michael Zoorob (Harvard University). "Resisting Broken Windows: The Causal Effect of Neighborhood Disorder on Political Behavior"

Jan Zilinsky (New York University). "Issue Voting in an Identity-Fuelled Contest: Evidence from the 2016 Presidential Election"

John Kuk (Washington University in St. Louis). "The Effects of Economic Distress on Racial Attitudes"

Laura Lungu (Göteborgs universitet). "Even Their Vices and Follies: Income Inequality, Status-Goods Consumption, and Tax Preferences"

Love Christensen (Göteborgs universitet) and Jakob Enlund (Göteborgs universitet). The Effect of the Israel-Palestine Conflict on Hate Crimes in the US"

Mark Pickup (Simon Fraser University), Erik Kimbrough (Chapman University), Clifton van den Linden (Vox Pop Labs) and Steven Nuss (Simon Fraser University) "Political Opinion Leaders and Normative Change: A Trump Effect across the Canada/US Border?"

Yoshikuni Ono (Tohoku University) and Masahiko Asano (Takushoku University). "Candidates' Physical Appearances and Electoral Success: Evidence from Japan's Upper House Elections"

We thank our generous sponsors: The Consortium on Electoral Democracy; the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University Toronto; the Department of Politics, Faculty of Arts and the Office of the Vice President Research, Ryerson University and Qualtrics.