Electoral Reform Research Group Research Development Workshop (proposal deadline: December 6, 2019)

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Call for Proposals

Deadline for Proposals: December 6, 2019
Review Decisions: December 20, 2019
Research Development Workshop: February 7, 2020

The Electoral Reform Research Group seeks proposals for research into the impacts of electoral reforms.

With growing national interest in reforming American political institutions, we at New America, the Scholars Strategy Network, Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and the R Street Institute are working to expand research on electoral reform. We are organizing emerging research into how changes in electoral rules impact political participation, processes, partisanship, power, and policy outcomes. Our immediate focus is on ranked-choice voting, but we view ranked-choice voting as part of a broader range of potential voting reforms.

For an initial proposal, we ask for a short (2-5 page) research design, indicating hypotheses you intend to test, the data and methodology you plan to use to test these hypotheses, and the costs of any additional data collection or survey work entailed by the research design.

We will host a conference in Washington, D.C. on February 7, 2020, to collectively discuss these proposals. You will receive a $500 honorarium for participating (if participating as part of a research team, note that it is one honorarium per proposal). Following the conference, we will make more funds available to turn the proposals into full-fledged research.

Below we list some open questions in this emerging space to guide your thinking. We welcome proposals that tackle these issues as well as other important questions around ranked-choice voting.

  • How does ranked-choice voting affect voter turnout, both overall and among specific populations?
  • How does ranked-choice voting affect the types of candidates who run and win?
  • How does ranked-choice voting affect the tenor and rhetoric of campaigning?
  • How does ranked-choice voting affect candidate strategies?
  • How does ranked-choice voting affect voter experience and engagement?
  • How does ranked-choice voting affect policy outcomes?
  • How does ranked-choice voting affect parties and partisanship?
  • How do other voting systems, including plurality voting, also affect these outcomes?

Please submit the following materials via this form by December 6, 2019 (One application per proposal, please):

  • Current CV (or CVs, if you're applying on behalf of a research team); and
  • 2-5 page statement of interest, including a brief description of your proposed research question(s), hypotheses, research methodology/design, and anticipated costs.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Maresa Strano at strano@newamerica.org.

Lee Drutman - Senior Fellow, Political Reform Program, New America
Didi Kuo - Senior Research Scholar, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University
Avi Green - Executive Director, Scholars Strategy Network
Kevin Kosar - Vice President of Policy, R Street Institute

George Cheung - Director, More Equitable Democracy
Larry Diamond - Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Francis Fukuyama - Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
Keesha Gaskins-Nathan - Director, Democratic Practice–United States program, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Ruth Greenwood - Co-Director, Voting Rights and Redistricting, Campaign Legal Center
Kristen A. Johnson - Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Yuval Levin - Director, Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies, American Enterprise Institute; Editor in Chief, National Affairs
Michael Li - Senior Counsel, Democracy, Brennan Center for Justice
Sam Mar - Vice President, Office of the Co-Chairs, Arnold Ventures
Eric Maskin - Adams University Professor, Harvard University
Jeanne Massey - Executive Director, FairVote Minnesota
Zachery Morris - LDF/Fried Frank Fellow, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
Maria Perez - Principal Consultant, Democracy in Action
Ezra Rosenberg - Co-Director, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Daniel Stid - Director, Madison Initiative, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Charles Stewart III - Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science, MIT
Nick Troiano - Executive Director, Unite America
Jessica Trounstine - Professor of Political Science, University of California, Merced