Workshop | Survey experiments and public opinion research

Time: April 24 – 25, 2019

Venue: Åbo Akademi University, Lecture hall Armfelt, Arken building
(Fabriksgatan 2), Turku, FINLAND

There is a growing scholarly interest in various types of survey experiments in the study of political behavior. This workshop focuses on empirical studies that examine the behavior of citizens and elites, with a particular emphasis on experimental methods.

LIVESTREAM available from 9.45 am EEST (24 April) and 9.30 am EEST (25 April) here: (browser link) (Zoom app link)

Workshop programme (pdf)
Workshop poster (pdf)


Wednesday 24 April

09.45 Opening of the workshop, Maija Setälä, University of Turku

10.00 Keynote I: Diana Mutz, University of Pennsylvania: How much is one American worth?
Discussant: Kimmo Grönlund, Åbo Akademi University

11.15 Coffee

11.45 Keynote II: Rune Slothuus, Aarhus University: How political parties help structuring and shaping public opinion formation.
Discussant: Elina Kestilä-Kekkonen, University of Turku

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Lauri Rapeli, Åbo Akademi University: Citizens and long-term policy goals.
Discussant: Åsa von Schoultz, University of Helsinki

14.45 Kaisa Herne, Tampere University: The force of the argument source: A survey experiment on the evaluation of political arguments.
Discussant: Kim Strandberg, Åbo Akademi University

15.30 Coffee

15.45 Erkki Mäntymaa & Eija Pouta, Natural Resources Institute Finland: The effect of contract length on the willingness to participate in a landscape value trade
Discussant: Jonathan Kuyper, University of Belfast



Thursday 25 April

9.30 Keynote III: Sofie Marien, University of Leuven: On the macro-level effects of participatory processes on perceptions of legitimacy.
Discussant: Lauri Rapeli, Åbo Akademi University

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Keynote IV: Patrik Öhberg, University of Gothenburg:  Experimenting with politicians: What do politicians think of being part of experimental studies?
Discussant: Kaisa Herne, Tampere University

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Henrik Serup Christensen, Åbo Akademi University (with Maija Setälä, Kim Strandberg, Maija Jäske, Mikko Leino and Maria Bäck): The impact of Citizens’ Jury on referendum alternatives: Preliminary results.
Discussant: Juha Ylisalo, University of Turku

14.15 Wrap up


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The event is free of charge and open to all.

The registration for this workshop is closed.
Post-registration: please contact Mari Taskinen, mjtask(at)

Further information:
Please direct questions about the program to Lauri Rapeli, lauri.rapeli(at)

Organiser:  PALO – Participation in Long-Term Decision Making is a multidisciplinary research project that analyzes problems of practices of long-term decision-making. With the objective to strengthen democracy, PALO develops better practices for deliberative citizen participation. The consortium partners are University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Natural Resources Institute Finland and University of Tampere. The project is funded by the Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland.