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Book Review Information Polity 20 (2015) 93–95 93 DOI 10.3233/IP-150348 IOS Press Arthur Edwards Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands E-mail: edwards@fsw.eur.nl Matching voters with parties and candidates: Voting advice applications in a comparative per- spective, Edited by Diego Garzia and Stefan Marschall (2014). Colchester: ECPR Press, 262 pp. Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) have enjoyed an increasing popularity in recent years, especially in Europe. The history of VAAs started in the late 1980s, when the ‘ancestor’ of all VAAs, the Dutch StemWijzer was developed, originally as a small booklet, in 1994 as a diskette, and in 1998 on the internet. Since then, the number of Stemwijzer voting advices rose to about 5 million in the 2012 parlia- mentary elections. The model was exported to other countries, and nowadays VAAs have been imple- mented in almost all European countries. In Germany, the Wahl-O-Mat, introduced in 2002, accounted for 13 million voting advices in the federal elections of 2013. With these numbers of users, VAAs can have a non-negligible influence on election results. Since about 2010, political scientists have begun investigating VAAs. Because most studies are national case-studies, VAA research lacked an integrated framework. This book is the first attempt http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Polity IOS Press

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IOS Press
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Copyright © 2015 IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved
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1570-1255
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1875-8754
DOI
10.3233/IP-150348
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Information Polity 20 (2015) 93–95 93 DOI 10.3233/IP-150348 IOS Press Arthur Edwards Department of Public Administration, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands E-mail: edwards@fsw.eur.nl Matching voters with parties and candidates: Voting advice applications in a comparative per- spective, Edited by Diego Garzia and Stefan Marschall (2014). Colchester: ECPR Press, 262 pp. Voting Advice Applications (VAAs) have enjoyed an increasing popularity in recent years, especially in Europe. The history of VAAs started in the late 1980s, when the ‘ancestor’ of all VAAs, the Dutch StemWijzer was developed, originally as a small booklet, in 1994 as a diskette, and in 1998 on the internet. Since then, the number of Stemwijzer voting advices rose to about 5 million in the 2012 parlia- mentary elections. The model was exported to other countries, and nowadays VAAs have been imple- mented in almost all European countries. In Germany, the Wahl-O-Mat, introduced in 2002, accounted for 13 million voting advices in the federal elections of 2013. With these numbers of users, VAAs can have a non-negligible influence on election results. Since about 2010, political scientists have begun investigating VAAs. Because most studies are national case-studies, VAA research lacked an integrated framework. This book is the first attempt

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Published: Jul 6, 2015

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