Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Hungary referendum - useful academic resources

A referendum related to the European Union's migrant resettlement plans was held on 2 October 2016. it was commonly referred to as the kvótanépszavazás or kvótareferendum (quota referendum) in the Hungarian media. While an overwhelming majority of voters rejected the EU's migrant quotas, turnout was too low to make the poll valid.

Here are some useful sites for beginning research

The Hungarian National Election office has the results (in English) . It includes nationwide and regional data.
Most news services are offered in Hungarian only. However,
Magyarhirlap newspaper has an English language section where you can look at recent articles.

For background information on Hungarian migration policy.
try these respources: 

About Hungary gives the Hungarian viewpoint for an English speaking audience it includes press releases and background information relating to the recent referendum
The EU immigration portal has links to the key Hungarian government policies and legislation on immigration
IOM has background information and data  on policy and the current trends in Hungary
European Migration Network has data from Department of European Cooperation in the Ministry of Interior. It also has research studies on the impact of specific policies on labour/ integration in different countries


compares a number of indicators in different countries giving some insight into experiences of immigrants there

Hungarian Demographic Research Institute has some papers on population trends and immigration.
Migration to the Centre focuses upon the impact of the EU policies of migration and integration in Central European Countries

The European website on integration from the European Commission has details of policy plus links to Hungarian language legislation, policy assessments and papers covering migrants and immigration..

Monday, 3 October 2016

Columbia referendum rejects peace - read more

Voters in Columbia have recently held a referendum and rejected the Farc peace deal
For background resources on the peace process see our earlier posting

For up to date information on the referendum try these sites.
Columbia report  this is an independent news service it also summarises other publications in English
Official results from the High Elections Commission.
FARC response.

Yes campaign
supported by the president.
Twitter campaign peace for columbia was attracting foreign supporters. 
Consult the English language website Tweet for Peace to see examples from the Campaign.

No campaign
supported by former president Uribe (explanation by COHA blog)

Recent polls
El Tiempo september 1st
El Tiempo - september 13
El Spectador September 14
Polimetrica September 15-20
Ipsos21-25 September
Polimetrica 25-26 September

Monday, 26 September 2016

US Presidential debates - free academic resources.

This week the US presidential election campaign debates start . According to the Wall Street Journal 34% of US voters said that their choice was influenced by them.

Here are some recommended resources for academic research.

What are the debates when will they take place?

The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) plans to hold four debates for the 2016 U.S. presidential general election, in September and October 2016 – three of them involving presidential nominees and one involving vice-presidential nominees.The first debate will be held on September 26.
Another debate is being organised by Fair and Free elections.

News services
The following have news on the debates plus polls.
News Central  (independent site)- debate schedule   
election app

News app

Real Clear Politics.

Google Trends

Debates international covers political campaign debates worldwide it includes news and academic research on their relevance to elections

Social Media

MIT Media Lab’s Electome Project will be analyzing Twitter conversations about the election and will be offering a web-based dashboard in the debate site media filing centers that journalists can use to track and visualize how these conversations are changing before, during and after each debate.
The Social Media Analytic Command Center at Illinois State University will be examining the debates through public conversations from social media outlets, popular websites, and major blogs from eight different states. On their website and social media accounts, SMACC researchers will be displaying these social media conversations in dynamic charts, graphs, and other visualizations.


The Museum has clips from all earlier televised debates from the 1960s onwards  and a well written history of them. from 1960-2000 there are clips and photos from 2000 onwards video films.There are also classroom activities.
The Commission on presidential debates has transcripts from 1960 onwards.
C-span has online videos from presidential debates from 1988 onwards 

Teaching materials
C-Span classroom has a large collection of materials for teachers.
Bill of Rights Institute has lesson plans for educators.

Useful comment
New Yorker - is the system broken?
Debates international covers political campaign debates worldwide it includes news and academic research on their relevance to elections