Title
Voting aid applications and the effect of statement selection Voting aid applications and the effect of statement selection
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Politics
Source (journal)
West European politics. - London, 1978, currens
Volume/pages
32(2009) :6 , p. 1161-1180
ISSN
0140-2382
1743-9655
ISI
000273342700005
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Voting Aid Applications (VAA) helping voters make their decision at the ballots have become more popular throughout Western Europe. They typically consist of a number of statements that are used to match voters with parties. Drawing on a large-scale simulation of 500,000 different configurations of 36 statements and on a random sample of Belgian voters, the paper shows that many of these combinations produce diverging information for the participants. The study establishes that the specific selection of statements has a considerable impact on the 'voting advice' that is produced: some configurations favour certain parties, other configurations benefit other parties.
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