Research project: New Research on the Nationalization of Electoral Politics (Daniele Caramani and Ken Kollman)

Over the last 10 years, research on the nationalization of electoral politics has become a growing, innovative and complex field. Cutting-edge contributions have covered new regions, developed increasingly precise indicators capturing the variety of dimensions that this electoral phenomenon entails, and led to new databases and levels of analysis in parliamentary and presidential elections. Similarly, theoretical approaches of nationalization have progressed to an amazing extent inserting it, both as independent and dependent variable, in multivariate research designs, in particular designs addressing the impact on and of institutions, party organization ethnic fragmentation and economic factors. Furthermore, nationalization theories and indicators are now being applied to supranational forming electorates and party systems and merged with geographical information systems as is the case of the Constituency-Level Data Archive (CLEA). Finally, normative links between nationalization and the quality of representation have been made. The goal of the project is to gather most of the leading international researchers in the field to take stock of the progress of the last decade and to identify the most promising avenues of research for the coming decade. However, rather than simply indicating directions of future research the project takes concrete steps in those directions based on original empirical analysis, new theoretical questions with novel approaches and data based on current research.


  • University of Michigan.
  • Panel at MPSA, Chicago, April 2015.
  • Organization of workshop on “The Nationalization of Electoral Politics; Frontiers of Research”, September 17-18, 2015, University of Zurich.
  • Panel at APSA, Philadelphia, August 2016.


  • Special symposium on "The Nationalization of Electoral Politics: Frontiers of Research" guest edited by Daniele Caramani and Ken Kollmann, Electoral Studies 47 (2017), 51-145. Papers can be accessed here.