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Workshop on Methodological Challenges in Cross-National Participation Research

The CINEFOGO Network of Excellence organizes January 16-17 2009 a workshop on the methodological challenges in cross-national participation research.

16 January 2009 - 17 January 2009
More and more, studies are being published that use these (by now) well-known batteries of questions that capture organizational involvement, different forms of conventional and unconventional political action, and informal social contacts. Old and new methodological techniques have been used to analyze the participation data both as an explanans and as an explanandum. Attention has been directed to cross-national comparisons, causality issues, and the integration of micro-, meso-, and macro elements.

However, there are several important methodological challenges, which are common to most of these surveys, but largely remain unaddressed in the everyday practice of research. Nowadays, many scholars from all over the globe have methodological experiences with the new question batteries. There is much knowledge on the uses and shortcomings of the cross-national survey data, on methodological issues that we are all confronted with, and on possible improvements of the questionnaires. However, this knowledge appears to be widely dispersed and somewhat isolated.

With this workshop we bring together scholars who have done or are doing cross-national research in the field of social and political participation; especially those who have used the ESS and similar data, but also those whose experiences, conclusions, and ideas are relevant to these programs in the future.

Source web: CINEFOGO
CINEFOGO is an acronym for Network of Excellence “Civil Society and New Forms of Governance in Europe – the Making of European Citizenship”. CINEFOGO aims at enhancing the understanding of social and democratic processes, citizenship and democratic participation in Europe. It seeks to provide knowledge about civil society, citizenship and social protection, nourish a public debate on governance and strengthen intellectual co-operation. To learn more on CINEFOGO, visit or send an e-mail to The CINEFOGO Network of Excellence is supported by the European Commission within the Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 7: New Forms of Citizenship and Cultural Identities of the European Union.