ERC Consolidator grant for Joost van Spanje

Joost’s project is called: ‘New Parties on the News: How New(s) Media and New Parties Shape Attention and Electoral Support for Political Ideas’ “ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature,…

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NWO funding for microtargeting research

Big Brother wants your vote: how critical micro-targeting influences Dutch democracy  NWO has awarded 750.000 euro to study political microtargeting in the Netherlands. Political actors send citizens tailored, microtargeted messages, hoping to get more votes. This approach comes with potential upsides (more political engagement) and potential downsides (deceit of citizens). This project studies the chances and threats of microtargeting…

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Joost and Rachid show How Stigmatization of the PVV Reduces Its Electoral Support

Joost van Spanje and Rachid Azrout examined voters’ reactions to news media coverage of the Dutch party PVV. They found that exposure to stigmatization lowered perceived legitimacy of the PVV among voters who held anti-immigrant attitudes. In turn, this decreased these voters’ propensity to vote for the PVV. Joost and Rachid conclude that stigmatization can be a useful tool…

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Bert wins top paper award in D.C.

At ICA, Bert’s paper (co-authored with Yphtach Lelkes and Ariel Malka): ‘Understanding partisan cue receptivity: Tests of predictions from the bounded rationality and expressive utility model’ received a top paper award from ICA’s Political Communication division.  The paper is forthcoming at The Journal of Politics. More info here.

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Talks and travels December

Claes was part of a panel hosted at Facebook to discuss electoral integrity ahead of the European Parliament elections Andreas (Goldberg) will participate in the “Domestic Contestation of the European Union” conference at the LSE. Alyt will be attending the workshop “Media, Crisis, and Bubbles” at the University of Navarra, Spain. New research on the construction and effects of economic and financial news is…

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