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Challenges to Campaigning Mini-conference 18th October 2013

On 18th October 2013, the postgraduates of the Elections, Public Opinion and Parties research group hosted a mini-conference examining challenges to campaigning in the modern political context. It brought together academics and practitioners to examine potential ways in which campaigning may need to change to remain both effective and relevant, including youth engagement and the use of social media.

The morning session consisted of presentations from early career researchers from around the UK and further afield, and the afternoon hosted two roundtables.

A schedule of the event can be found here.

Links to the morning's presentations can be found below. If you wish to reference any of the papers, please contact the authors (links also below):

Youth Primaries Project: A discussion of the consequences of retail
politics for youth voter turnout

Heather Bastedo, Queens University, Kingston ON

From door-knocking to tweets: how do candidates campaign in modern local
election? Evidence from English local elections 2006-2013

Michael Turner, The Elections Centre, Plymouth University

Google: The role of internet search in elections in established and
challenged democracies

Dounia Mahlouly, University of Glasgow

An examination of targeted candidate-level campaign spending by the
three major parties at the 2010 general election

Michael Turner, The Elections Centre, Plymouth University

Christopher Terry, Electoral Reform Society

'Election, what election?' Low-level campaigning and detrimental
outcomes in safe constituencies 1987-2010

Alia Middleton, University of Edinburgh


The afternoon session comprised of two roundtable discussions bringing together academics and practitioners:

Challenges to Campaigning

Professor Andrew Russell, University of Manchester

Kezia Dugdale MSP, Edinburgh & Lothians

Matt Korris, Hansard Society

Campaigning in the referendum on Scottish independence

Juliet Swann, Electoral Reform Society Scotland

Christopher Quinn MSYP, Scottish Youth Parliament

Dr Stephen Quinlan, University of Strathcylde



This event attracted funding from the Researcher-Led Initiative Fund at the University of Edinburgh. If you have any queries regarding this event, please contact the event organisers Alia Middleton or Charlotte Snelling. We would like to thank all who attended the event and hope it proved both informative and interesting.

Freshers 2013