'Garzia and Marschall's book comes at the right time. Voting Advice Applications are redefining how political parties and citizens communicate with each other. But how are they constructed, and what are the intended and unintended effects of their use? This volume offers encompassing, state-of-the-art answers to these questions by an impressive line-up of leading researchers in the field. It also opens new perspectives on what VAAs can tell us about the workings of democratic politics. And it formulates norms that every VAA should comply with. This will be the most comprehensive and authoritative resource on VAAs for years to come.' Professor Kees Aarts, University of Twente 'This book focuses on a new source of electoral intermediation - Voting Advice Applications - which widens the interest scholars have long had for traditional mobilising actors of the vote. This new form of intermediation lets citizens interact with parties and issues on the web, empowering them and allowing an informed political choice. The book is a thorough inquiry into the impact of VAAs on people's political choice, and a thoughtful methodological reflection on the new tool by prominent experts in the field. A rewarding read for political behaviour scholars and National Election Study teams.' Paolo Bellucci, University of Siena Vice President, Italian National Election Study
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Diego Garzia is Jean Monnet postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. Previously, he studied at the Universities of Rome (Sapienza), Leiden, Siena and Oxford. His areas of expertise include comparative political behaviour, parties and elections in Western Europe. He has authored numerous publications and professional reports including articles in journals such as Electoral Studies, Political Psychology, Party Politics, Political Research Quarterly and West European Politics. He is co-editor (with Lorella Cedroni) of Voting Advice Applications in Europe: The State of the Art - the first comparative volume ever devoted to VAAs. Stefan Marschall is a full professor of political science and Chair of German Politics at the Department of Social Sciences, Heinrich-Heine University, Dusseldorf. Before moving to Dusseldorf in 2010, he was full professor of political science at the University of Siegen. Stefan Marschall is a specialist on the political system of Germany, political communication online, and comparative as well as transnational parliamentarism. He has published textbooks on Germany's political system and on parliamentarism, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters about online political communication and parliamentary affairs.