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The meanings of 'voting' for ordinary citizens, their causes and consequences

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What does voting mean to you? Tell us now!

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Do the meanings of voting vary across countries? Help us find out!

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What are the causes and consequences of the meanings of voting? Take our quiz!

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What is DeVOTE?

DeVOTE is a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) from January 2021 to December 2025 and led by Ass.-Prof. Carolina Plescia. The project is hosted by the Department of Government at the University of Vienna.

The central aims of DeVOTE are:

Picture2to understand what ‘voting’ means for ordinary citizens;

Picture3to examine the variation of 'voting' meanings across individuals and across countries;

Picture4to study how elections create and modify these 'voting' meanings;

Picture5to investigate the consequences of 'voting' meanings for citizens' preferences, attitudes and their political behaviours;

Picture7to devise an election 'observatory' for systematic data collection on the meanings of voting on Election Day that can favour the scientific interpretation of election outcomes.

Find out more about the project, learn about our team, the advisory board, how you can contact us and find out how to get involved in the project!


Carolina Plescia: The meanings of voting


Department of Government
University of Vienna
Kolingasse 14-16, 6th Floor
1090 Vienna, Austria


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This project has received funding from the European Research Council Grant Agreement no. 949247. Our website reflects only the authors’ views and the European Union is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

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