Door-to-door Canvassing Campaigns: Getting out the Vote in France and in the U.S.
President Obama’s 2008 field campaign capitalized on a decade of data-driven, professionally organized get-out-the vote campaigns. Inspired by the success of Obama’s first presidential campaign and Alan Gerber and Donald Green’s work, Liégey, Muller and Pons designed and implemented a voter mobilization project for the French Parti socialiste, which led them to run François Hollande's successful 2012 presidential campaign. Porte à porte. Reconquérir la démocratie sur le terrain (Calmann-Lévy, 2013) recounts their experience managing the largest effort of this kind ever organized in Europe to this day. (http://calmann-levy.fr/livres/porte-a-porte/
Two weeks before the mid-term elections of November 2014, our symposium discusses the rise of door-to-door canvassing electoral campaigns. Researchers from various disciplines (experimental political science, ethnography, history), field activists and politicians from France and the U.S. compare their points of view and analyze campaign techniques and habits in the two countries. They explore the impact of this kind of voter mobilization on U.S. and French political cultures.
Donald P. Green, Vincent Pons, Julien Talpin, Frédéric Sawicki
La Maison Francaise of NYU, 16 Washington Mews