Last application date Jul 10, 2020 20:09
Department PS03 - Department of Political Sciences
Employment category Research staff group 1
Contract Limited duration
Degree Master in political science, Master in sociology, Master in public administration, or Master in any other field of human sciences with comparable qualifications.
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy Type Research staff
The research group GASPAR is looking for a motivated and enthusiast researcher in order to conduct a PhD based on the 4-year research project ‘Through thick and thin. How do party members react to difficult party decisions and which factors moderate their reaction?’
Below, we give a short summary of the content of this project:
Policy-making has become increasingly difficult the last few decades, as policy-makers have become more reluctant to take difficult decisions paralyzed by phenomena such as ‘permanent campaigning’ and the threat of populist parties. But occasionally, all parties have to take such difficult decisions. This project investigates how party members react to difficult party decisions and which elements moderate their reactions, using an experimental design. Particular attention will be paid to the kind of decision-makers and the use of negative campaigning.
The reaction of people who do not obtain what they want in a democratic process (so-called ‘losers’) has attracted much research attention in recent years. We assume that in case of a party decision that is at odds with the party’s principles, all party members could be described as ‘losers’ in one way or another. But findings and theories on citizens cannot simply be transferred to party members. Party members are more committed than citizens, who often do not have clear-cut opinions on many issues and/or no interest in policy-making discussions. Consequently, party members are more likely to consider themselves as ‘losers’ and to react more radically. Moreover, the reaction of party members is highly relevant for parties because members can function as party ambassadors convincing others, but also for the democratic system as a whole as party membership decline constitutes a threat to the current system of party democracy. It is the goal of this research project to investigate whether difficult decisions are more accepted if they are taken by means of an inclusive procedure and when negative references to other parties are made.
Send us by Friday 10 July 2020 at the latest your motivation letter, your CV and an overview of your study results, and an essay (in English) of 1 page where you critically reflect on aspects of the topic at stake here. All these documents are preferably merged into one PDF-file. This merged file should be sent to Prof. B. Wauters (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Prof. A. Kern (email@example.com)
For more information about the content of the job and/or the project, you can contact also them.
Last-year students (graduating in June) are especially encouraged to apply.
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|Intitulé||Doctoral fellow - Department of Political Sciences|
|Job location||Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 33, 9000 Gent|
|Publié||mai 8, 2020|
|Date limite d'inscription||juillet 10, 2020|
|Types d'emploi||PhD  |
|Domaines de recherche :||Sociologie,   Politique,   Administration publique,   Politique publique  |