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Clicking and Voting: Agendas of Voting Advice Applications (VAA) for the European Elections 2019

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Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) have been established all over Europe, some of which used by millions of voters to decide which party to vote for. Our study establishes a new database of national VAAs for the European Parliament election in 2019 and opens up new possibilities how to use this data: The article surveys and evaluates the different thematic focuses of these online instruments. With our data set, we can show the different national issues and the differing degrees of the Europeanization in the national EU election campaigns.

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Notes

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    We were able to include 23 VAAs from 22 countries in our study, but we do not include pan-european VAAs such as euandi.

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    We acknowledge that there might be a gap between the actors formulating the VAAs (academia etc.) and the possible consumers of the VAAs with regard to the perceived importance of European issues in relation to national issues.

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    An international comparative study by Van Camp et al. (2014) looks at various VAAs of national elections from 2002–2012, other attempts of research in this direction have not been finalized.

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Christiansmeyer, G., Kaufer, R. (2020). Clicking and Voting: Agendas of Voting Advice Applications (VAA) for the European Elections 2019. In: Kaeding, M., Müller, M., Schmälter, J. (eds) Die Europawahl 2019. Springer VS, Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-29277-5_21

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