12 Oct 2017

Call for papers: WVSA at IPSA 2018

World Values Survey Association invites WVS members, partners and independent scholars to join our panels at the forthcoming IPSA-2018 congress. The 25th annual congress of the International Political Science Association will take place on July, 21-25, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia (for more information, please, visit: WVSA panels are organized with the support of IPSA Research Committee 17 “Comparative Public Opinion” (

Deadline extended to October, 25!

To submit your paper into one of the announced panels, please, use the corresponding link listed under the panel description.

If you would like to propose a panel on a different topic in cooperation with the WVSA and RC 17, please, contact We are open to new ideas and suggestions!

We also welcome your expressions of interest to act as the panel chair, co-chair or a discussant.

1) Impact of Values Changes on Future Regional Stability and Integration in Europe

We propose a panel that examines the implication of social values changes on regional stability and integration in Europe. We are looking for papers that empirically address elite-mass linkages, public opinion and participation (national and regional), causal relationship between values change and democratic consolidation and threat to democratic rule, relationship between change in social values and future of regional integration, and immigration and refugee policies. We welcome papers that address how societal values affect other important policy challenges in the EU. 

2) Public Attitudes and Popular Support of Federalism

Federalism is a politically salient issue in many countries worldwide. From constitutional reforms in established federations to the creation of federal institutions in post-conflict societies, we have witnessed numerous instances over the last few decades of federalism being at the centre of the political debate. But what do citizens think? To what extent are elite decisions regarding federalism supported by public opinion? The panel aims to explore these questions by bringing together papers analysing public attitudes to federalism from a wide range of perspectives.

Panel co-organized with RC28 Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance ( 

3) Values, Attitudes and Stereotypes: New Findings from the World Values Survey 7 (2017-2019)

In this panel, we invite all WVS teams -who will have already accomplished WVS-7 survey in their country by the dates of the Congress- to present your most interesting and exciting findings from the 7th round of the World Values Survey. Round 7 of the WVS will take place in 2017-2019; during this period the survey will take place in up to 80 world countries on all continents. WVS-7 addresses a great variety of issues, including social values, attitudes & stereotypes; societal well-being; social capital, trust and organizational membership; economic values; corruption; migration; materialist vs post-materialist values; importance of science & technology; religious values; security; ethical values & norms; political interest and political participation; political culture and political regimes. Papers analysing new findings from the WVS-7 round in all countries are welcome. 

4) Democracy and the Shadows of Populism: the European Experience

The European Union has often been associated with democratic consolidation and fundamental rights. At the same time, critics suggest that the European Union is driven more by economic integration rather than democracy and citizen participation. Criticisms relate to issues of citizenship, and participation, the direction of policy agendas, political trends and more. This leads to a question whether a common European citizenship and a responsive and efficient new type of European democratic governance and policy could or should emerge, and how this relates to the existing democratic institutions, cultures, identities and practices within and across Member States.

The European Union has been a strong catalyst of transitions to democracy and democracy consolidation, and is now composed of older and newer/renewed democracies with different historical, institutional, legal, cultural and socio-economic experiences. One of the recent challenges for European democracy is related to various forms of populist organisations and political discourses that have been emerging in various countries, and which are now taking new shapes and adapting themselves. Understanding their roots and implications for democracy in Europe raises significant issues for analysis.

5) Sources of Political Regime Support: Comparative Evidence from Global Barometer Surveys (GBS)

The resilience of political regimes, especially democracy, depends in good part on popular support.  Analysts conceive and measure the sources of mass support for political regimes from various angles.   Some analysts emphasize a society's basic political and cultural values; others draw attention to current citizen evaluations of regime performance; and still others study actual mass political behavior.  This panel will compare and contrast these different approaches with a view to deepening our understanding of political regime support.  We are especially interested in exploring whether prevailing beliefs, attitudes and participation together form a coherent or contradictory set of resources for the consolidation of democracy.  All papers draw on the empirical base of Global Barometer Surveys, a comparative research endeavour of the Afrobarometer, Arab Barometer, Asian Barometer, Eurasia Barometer and Latinobarometer.  These surveys ask a common core of questionnaire items in up to 80 countries around the world with a view to systematically testing broad generalizations.

6) Patterns of Political Participation and Voting in Global Perspective: Evidence from Comparative Survey Research

Political participation is an essential element of political culture of the population and an important indicator and predictor of the democratic political system development. Political participation is considered as an aggregated category for all those actions of private citizens by which they seek to influence – support or challenge – government and politics. This influence can be realized either directly by affecting the decision-making process or the course implementation of public policy, or indirectly – by participating in the nomination of the group of people who will make those decisions and policies. The range of actions varies from voting in national elections to organizing a demonstration, from writing a letter to a governmental official to establishing an online protest-community. Current session invites papers analysing available empirical evidence from quantitative research programs (ESS, ISSP, WVSA, EVS. CNEP, regional barometers etc.) as well as case studies and other research efforts describing patterns of political participation in different world regions and in a global comparative perspective. The main question which the session is focusing on is if we can speak of one specific trend of political participation which is the same in all world regions or if we observe different, region-specific patterns of political participation.


­­7) ¿Adónde ván? Change and continuity of political values and attitudes in Latin America

Latin America is a region of constant political change. Two centuries of independence have witnessed wars, dictatorships, democratization, more dictatorships and more democratization. This history of political change associated with the extreme and enduring social inequality in the region creates a unique scenario for the investigation of change and continuity of political values and attitudes. As expected, works using data from the World Values Survey quite often situate Latin American countries in a long-lasting transition between opposite ends of several continuums such as authoritarianism and democracy, materialism and post-materialism or traditionalism and secularism. Are social surveys able to identify change in mass values and attitudes among Latin Americans? If they are, how are these values and attitudes changing? In which direction? For this panel, we welcome papers addressing these questions or any other aspects of the relationship between political structure and political culture in Latin America.

8) Social and Political Changes in the Middle East: New Approaches and Perspectives for the Long-Term Peace and Prosperity

The controversial nature of such a liberalization progress in the Middle East in the last 7 years leaves enough room for political scientists, policymakers and survey researchers to speculate about the future vectors of this process. Apart from the political and geopolitical consequences of the Arab Spring, a great amount of social and humanitarian problems emerged. Military actions and civil armed conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen produced losses to the population and created significant damage for the social infrastructure in those countries. The Arab Spring, its social and political consequences, economic crisis, migration and activization of terrorism in the Middle East, effects essentially the system of norms, values and beliefs, which constitute the backbone of Arab societies. Change in the way how people think, how they see their future life and the vectors of development which their country should follow, becomes itself an important factor of transformation of Middle Eastern societies. This panel invites papers which address issues of social, political, economic or humanitarian development of the societies in the Middle East, Northern Africa and the Gulf aiming to provide a deeper look into the determinants and vectors of ongoing transitional processes, case studies of good practices offering solutions for the long-term peace and prosperity in the Middle East.


9) Public Opinions in Times of Rising Populism: Evidence from Asia

Populism is on the rise in different parts of the world. This global trend has far-reaching economic, political, and social implications for domestic and international politics. What are the determinants and patterns of populist support in various liberal, authoritarian and Confucian societies in East and Southeast Asia? Would the political ascendancy of populist parties or politicians stimulate fiscal profligacy, which in turn undermines macroeconomic stability? Would populism provoke ethnic conflicts, leading to political violence, democratic recession, or separatism? Would populist governments tighten up internal security controls, threatening civil liberties and heightening anti-immigrants sentiment? To answer the above questions, researchers should make sense of what populism is and how it is unfolded in the first place. Counting on the data obtained from various waves of the World Values Surveys and Asian Barometers Surveys in a number of East and Southeast Asian states, the proposed panel aims to provide an empirical assessment of public opinions in times of rising populism. In particular, we are interested in exploring the diversity in public opinions on immigration, economic evaluation, regime approval, civic and democratic attitudes, political engagement, institutional and social trust, and political efficacy. The papers in this panel will inform the studies of the determinants, impacts and variations of populism across East Asia and thereby advance the understanding of this global trend.


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