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Complementarity with other research programs

There are two research efforts already under way in the more or less distant neighborhood of this Action. One is the European Election Study (EES). Starting in 1979, it has been focusing on European Union level electoral politics. This group realized academic election studies at the occasion of the six European Parliament elections in the past and is preparing the voter study for the 2009 European Parliament elections (as a Module of the FP7 Collaborative Project-Capacities Programme “Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union” -PIREDEU). Contrary to the European Election Study, the ‘True European Voter’ is not engaged in primary data collection. Moreover, it analyses determinants of electoral behavior at the occasion of national elections (and their variation across time and contexts); it is well-known that those determinants are very different from those in European Parliament elections.
The second research network in the vicinity of this Action is the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). In its third wave of studies, this group is focusing on the distinctiveness of electoral choice options. The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems is a global enterprise that covers most of the European political systems. The drawback of this international study is its lack of a dynamic perspective: it started only in the mid 1990s and over-time change cannot be explored with these data. Moreover, its questionnaire modules are very limited in size which reduces the comparative analytical potential considerably. Contrary to the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems, the ‘True European Voter’ is not engaged in primary data collection; covers the findings of the entire history of empirical electoral research in Europe; and compares the full range of variables available.
The third research network in the more distant neighbourhood is the European Social Survey (ESS). With co-ordination provided by the European Commission, this group of scholars studies the interplay of social and political change based on nationally funded surveys. Much like the, Comparative Study of Electoral System, this study has no dynamic dimension as it started only in the early 2000s. And other than the ‘True European Voter’, there is not one consistent analytical focus but many different ones which makes the instrument look much more like an omnibus survey. In short, there is no study comparable to this Action and therefore no risk of duplication