2016 Italian Constitutional Referendum Research Preacceptance Competition

On December 4, 2016, a referendum will be held in Italy on the most important reform of the Constitution since 1947. For this occasion, the Italian National Election Studies Association (ITANES) the Società Italiana di Scienza Politica (SISP), and the Italian Political Science Review (IPSR) have launched the 2016 Italian Constitutional Referendum Research Preacceptance Competition. The objective of the competition is to promote preregistration of research designs prior to conducting a study.

Participants are invited to

  1. Preregister a research design with the Open Science Framework of the Center for Open Science (COS) for a study of the 2016 constitutional referendum using ITANES data beforethe data are publicly released (we recommend participation at the COS Preregistration Challenge).
  2. Submit an article including this design to IPSR, which will consider your submission before data are available.

Participants will have the opportunity to win a € 250 SISP award for publishing their article in IPSR. Three awards are available.

IPSR is an eligible journal for the COS Preregistration Challenge. If participants have preregistered their research design with the COS Preregistration Challenge, they may also be eligible for a $1,000 award, subject to COS rules and procedures.

Participants who do not participate in the COS Preregistration Challenge are still eligible for the SISP Award as long as they have preregistered their research design with the Open Science Framework and fully complied with the Rules.

To take part in the competition, scholars must design papers using data from the 2016 ITANES referendum questionnaire which is available here, before data are publicly released.

The steps are:

  1. Preregister your design in the Open Science Framework or take part in the COS Preregistration Challenge before ITANES data are publicly released (expected release date: March 31, 2017) (preregistration is time stamped and research designs can be embargoed).
  2. Submit an article to IPSR referring to the “2016 Italian Constitutional Referendum Research Preacceptance Competition” in the cover letter. The article can be submitted before the data are available but it must include a link to a research design that was preregistered before the data were publicly released. The article will be subject to the standard reviewing process of IPSR. If the review is successful, articles that have been submitted before data release are accepted “in principle”.
  3. [If the article is accepted in principle] Submit a new version of your study with results from the preregistered design and any additional analyses agreed with IPSR.
  4. [If published] Collect your SISP and, if applicable, COS awards

Participants must be university faculty or graduate students in any discipline. The effective deadline for preregistering the research design is the actual release date of ITANES data. Members of ITANES are eligible but they must register the research design before the surveys are conducted.

Preregistered designs and the corresponding articles must identify the items from the ITANES questionnaires that will be used. They must explain exactly how they will be coded and analyzed to test the proposed hypotheses. A preregistration template is available here. The inclusion of ITANES data that has not been released at the time of registration is a necessary condition for participating in the competition, but other data sources can be used in the analysis. Participants must list these other data sources in their preregistered designs.

Scholars will receive the SISP Award at the SISP Annual Conference.

Key Deadlines

For Preregistration: By 11.59 p.m. of the day prior to the public release of ITANES data (the expected date is: March 31, 2017)

For Preregistration (ITANES members only): By 11.59 p.m. of the day prior to the beginning of ITANES surveys.

For the Award: Acceptance of the Article by the IPSR by 11:59 pm CET on December 31, 2018.

A complete list of rules governing the 2016 Italian Constitutional Referendum Research Preacceptance Competition are available here.

Call for papers REFERENDUM COSTITUZIONALE 2016

Call for papers

REFERENDUM COSTITUZIONALE 2016.
ELETTORI, PARTITI E MEDIA NELLA “SECONDA REPUBBLICA”

Giovedì, 9 Febbraio, 2017 – 14:00
Venerdì, 10 Febbraio, 2017 – 09:00

Università dI Roma Sapienza, Dipartimento di scienze politiche

Gli esiti del referendum costituzionale costituiscono uno snodo cruciale per il sistema politico italiano: la chiusura della lunga transizione verso una Seconda Repubblica ovvero la riapertura della competizione interpartitica sull’assetto istituzionale della comunità politica. L’incontro di studio intende offrire al dibattito scientifico analisi empiricamente fondate:
a) sul ruolo esercitato dagli attori – partiti, opinione pubblica, media, esperti – che hanno interagito nel processo decisionale di approvazione della legge costituzionale e durante la campagna elettorale;
b) sul coinvolgimento dell’opinione pubblica e le determinanti del voto referendario;
c) sulle dinamiche di competizione interpartitica che il risultato del referendum vedrà dispiegare.

Le proposte di relazioni scritte, che analizzino il processo e gli esiti della consultazione referendaria, possono essere inviate entro il 15.12.2016 a segreteria@itanes.org (link sends e-mail) e segreteria@studielettorali.it (link sends e-mail)

http://www.disp.uniroma1.it/node/9278

Il referendum costituzionale, tra personalizzazione e antipolitica

Sul sito de “La rivista il Mulino” è recentemente stato pubblicato un articolo di Cristiano Vezzoni e Paolo Segatti dal titolo “Il referendum costituzionale, tra personalizzazione e antipolitica”.

L’articolo riporta i primi risultati di un’analisi condotta sui dati di alcuni esperimenti inclusi in una survey Itanes-Unimi-Swg svolta nella seconda metà dello scorso mese di Giugno. L’obiettivo di quest’analisi è capire come gli elettori «ragionano» sul tema della riforma costituzionale, in seguito a diversi stimoli forniti dall’inchiesta campionaria, e quali sono le conseguenze dei loro ragionamenti sulla loro opinione in merito a questa importante questione.

2013 Italian candidate survey

Sono ora disponibili pubblicamente, e scaricabili dal nostro sito, il questionario e il dataset relativi alla survey sui candidati alle elezioni politiche del 2013 condotta dai soci ITANES Paolo Segatti (Università degli Studi di Milano) e Aldo di Virgilio (Università degli Studi di Bologna) con la collaborazione di Daniela Giannetti e Andrea Pedrazzani (Università degli Studi di Bologna) e Luca Pinto (Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore). L’Italian Candidate Survey di ITANES è parte del progetto internazionale Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS).

Il questionario è scaricabile alla pagina Questionari mentre codebook e dataset (in versione Stata) sono scaricabili alla pagina Richiesta dati compilando l’apposito form di richiesta.


The questionnaire and the dataset of the ITANES Italian Candidate Survey in 2013 national election are now available and downloadable from our website. The survey is conducted by Paolo Segatti (Università degli Studi di Milano) and Aldo di Virgilio (Università degli Studi di Bologna) with the collaboration of Daniela Giannetti and Andrea Pedrazzani (Università degli Studi di Bologna) and Luca Pinto (Istituto di Scienze Umane e Sociali, Scuola Normale Superiore). The Italian Candidate Survey is part of the international project Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS).

The questionnaire can be dowloaded from the “Questionari” page, while the codebook and the dataset (in STATA version) can be downloaded filling in the form present in the “Richiesta dati page”.

Social Media and Political Participation – NYU Florence

The La Pietra Dialogues are pleased to welcome the

2nd Biannual Meeting of SMaPP-Global

Villa Sassetti, Florence, May 23-24

SMaPP-Global is a joint initiative of the NYU Global Institute for Advanced Study (GIAS) and NYU’s Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory.

SMaPP-Global’s goals are three-fold: (1) to better understand how social media impacts political participation; (2) to better understand how elites utilize social media to pursue political goals; and (3) to develop open-source tools that facilitate the use of social media data for the study of politics. SMaPP-Global is made up of 25 scholars from across NYU, the United States, and Europe who meet biannually to share ongoing research, collaborate on new research ideas, and develop new research strategies. The conference will feature individual paper presentations, discussion, and roundtables, all of which the public is welcome to attend.