Participació actual en projectes de recerca:
 

Political Party Database, coordinated by Paul Webb and Susan Scarrow.

The Political Party Database Project is an initiative to establish a regularly-updated, online, public database as a central source for key information about political party organization, party resources, leadership selection, and political participation within parties. This project is supported by an international team of experts on political parties. Our aim is to advance the comparative study of political parties as central actors in representative democracies.

 

See also the Observatori dels Partits Polítics Catalans (OPCAT): https://www.upf.edu/web/opcat/

 

Mulh(j)er e Poder: A Representação Política das Mulheres em Portugal e Espanha (PI Nina Wiesehomeier), 2013-2015. Financed by the FCT. Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnología. Ministerio da Educação e Ciência, Portugal.

This project addresses the conditions and implications of women´s political representation. How and why get women elected? What role does legislators' gender play in the policies that they sponsor, in the committees on which they sit and in deputies' perceptions of their roles as legislators? And what are the consequences of women's representation for society and the quality of democracy? Although these questions have been examined in an array of countries around the world, this has often occurred in a piecemeal fashion and largely in the framework of single case studies. Mulh(j)er e Poder takes a comparative approach and will answer the above questions by applying an integrated theory of women's representation to two critical cases, Portugal and Spain.

SIMBOLREP. El impacto simbólico de la representación política de las mujeres / The symbolic impact of women's political representation (PI Tània Verge), 2014-2015. Financed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitivity, Spain (FEM2013-45719-P). 

The majority of studies in the field of women's political representation have focused on the descriptive dimension (which factors determine the volume of female deputies elected and which sociodemographic characteristics they have) and increasingly on the substantive dimension too (what legislative issues female deputies are mainly devoted to). To date, the third dimension of political representation, the symbolic dimension, has received little attention. This dimension captures the effects that women's political representation has on the electorate, particularly regarding feelings of closeness to and satisfaction with political institutions and their levels of political involvement. The very few existing studies face a number of conceptual and methodological challenges that have led them to reach at best mixed results or to identify merely modest causal relationships -which may well be spurious.

The Project presented here fully focuses on the symbolic dimension of political representation and seeks to answer the following question: What impact(s) does increased women's political presence have on the political attitudes and behavior of traditionally under-represented groups (women) as well as on over-represented groups (men )?. In recent decades, increases in women's political presence occurred in recent decades have been mainly due to the use of affirmative action. Since gender quotas have been justified, among other reasons, by the positive effect on the quality of democracy and the representative process, it is necessary to examine whether this theoretical expectation has empirical correspondence.

We will analyse this anticipated impact both at the citizenship level and the political class level (national deputies). In the case of public opinion, experimental-design surveys will be used, a methodological innovation increasingly used by studies on political attitudes in order to isolate the causal effects in a more accurate fashion and to avoid social desirability problems. The Project also aims at identifing whether the observed effects have the same intensity on men and women. In the case of politicians, we seek to analyze the perceived impact of the increase in the number of female deputies on how political representation is understood and exercised. The Project adopts a comparative approach with a view to capturing the influence of context, concentrating on the following case studies: Spain and Portugal. Since their levels of women's political representation differ, this two-country comparison will allow us to disentangle whether the symbolic effects of women's representation depend on the extent to which political institutions have been feminized.