Political Strategy

Core findings

1.How parties are organized determines to what constituency they respond (Schumacher, de Vries & Vis 2013, Schumacher 2015).

2.Government parties change their program than opposition parties (Schumacher et al. 2015, Schumacher & Elmelund-Praestekaer forthcoming).

3.Party organization affects leader tenure (Ennser-Jedenastik & Schumacher 2015) & whether leader changes will be beneficial (Pedersen & Schumacher 2015).

4.Parties become more leader-dominated and introducing primaries does not help (Giger & Schumacher 2017).

 

Work in progress

1.An analysis of the relationship between party-voter congruence and party organization (with Nathalie Giger).

2.A formal model of party competition and coalition formation that demonstrates which decision rules are best for representation (with Roni Lehrer).

3.An analysis of party position change showing that on average government coalition partners drift apart (with Mariken van der Velden).

 

Publications

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Gijs Schumacher & Nathalie Giger (2017). Do leadership-dominated parties change more? Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 1–12.

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Mariken van der Velden, Gijs Schumacher & Barbara Vis (2017). Living in the Past or Living in the Future? Analyzing Parties’ Platform Change In Between Elections,The Netherlands 1997–2014. Political Communication, 1–20.

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Gijs Schumacher & Christian Elmelund-Præstekær (2017). Party performance explains disagreement between politicians and their parties. West European Politics.

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Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Ryan Bakker, Erica Edwards, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Jelle Koedam, Filip Kostelka, Gary Marks, Gijs Schumacher, Marco Steenbergen, Milada Vachudova, Marko Zilovic (2017). Explaining the Salience of Anti-Elitism and Reducing Political Corruption for Political Parties in Europe with the 2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey Data. Research & Politics 4(1): 1–9.

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Gijs Schumacher & Nathalie Giger (2017). Who Leads the Party? On Membership Size, Selectorates and Party Oligarchy. Political Studies, 65:(1_suppl), 162–181.

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Gijs Schumacher & Kees van Kersbergen (2016). Do mainstream parties adapt to the welfare chauvinism of populist parties? Party Politics, 22, 3.

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Gijs Schumacher, Martijn Schoonvelde, Denise Traber, Tanushree Dahiya, and Erik de Vries (2016). EUSpeech: A New Dataset of EU Elite Speeches. In Proceedings of the International Conference on the Advances in Computational Analysis of Political Text (PolText 2016), Dubrovnik, 75–80.

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Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik, & Gijs Schumacher (2015). Why Some Leaders Die Hard (and Others Don’t): Party Goals, Party Institutions, and How They Interact. In W. Cross & J. B. Pilet (Eds.), The Politics of Party Leadership: A Cross-National Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Helene Helboe Pedersen, & Schumacher, G. (2015). Do Leadership Changes Improve Electoral Performance? In W. Cross & J. B. Pilet (Eds.), The Politics of Party Leadership: A Cross-National Perspective. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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Ryan Bakker, Erica Edwards, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Jelle Koedam, Filip Kostelka, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Gijs Schumacher, Marco Steenbergen, Milada Vachudova, and Marko Zilovic. 2015. 1999-2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey Trend File. Version 1.1. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Nathalie Giger & Gijs Schumacher (2015). Integrated Party Organization Dataset (IPOD). Harvard Dataverse, 10.7910/DVN/PE8TWP.

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Gijs Schumacher, Marc van de Wardt, Barbara Vis & Michael Baggesen Klitgaard (2015). How Aspiration to Office Conditions the Impact of Government Participation on Party Platform Change. American Journal of Political Science, 59, 4.

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Gijs Schumacher (2015). When does the Left do the Right thing? A study of party position change on welfare policies. Party Politics, 21, 1.

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Christian Elmelund-Præstekær & Gijs Schumacher (2014). Én for alle og alle for én? Mønstre i og effekter af partiintern uenighed blandt folketingskandidaterne ved 2011-valget. Politica, 46, 3.

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Gijs Schumacher, Catherine de Vries & Barbara Vis (2013). Why do Parties change Position? Party organization and environmental incentives. Journal of Politics, 75, 2.

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Gijs Schumacher (2011). “Modernize or Die”? Social Democrats, Welfare State Retrenchment and the Choice between Office and Policy. VU University Amsterdam Dissertation.

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