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Conference on Party Identification

Florida State University

February 22-24, 1978

The Board of the National Election Studies, supported by a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Michigan’s Center for Political Studies, held its third research conference, on the Concept of Party Identification. This conference, like previous conferences, was designed to elicit suggestions for improvements and changes in the questionnaire and design of the Center’s biennial election studies. In attendance was a diverse group of political scientists and sociologists selected by the board whose memoranda helped in setting the agenda for the conference. The conference was divided into four working sessions. The major themes from these sessions included discussions on the conceptualization of party identification, on the measurement of party identification, broader questions of measurement and research design and future studies.