Public opinion, representation crisis and new forms of participation from june, 18th to 20th 2014, Santiago de Chile



WAPOR is a professional organization, founded in 1947, which promotes public opinion research. Its members work to reach high levels in quality of collection, analysis and dissemination of survey on public opinion.

Currently, WAPOR has more than 450 members coming from 60 countries. Among its objectives, they are promoting elaboration of surveys, developing a higher level in the quality of methods of application and interpretation of results and improving the dissemination of them.

From June, 18th to 20th in Santiago de Chile, it will take place the 6th Latin-American Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR).

The event, organized by WAPOR Latinoamérica and Universidad Diego Portales (UDP), is called “PUBLIC OPINION, REPRESENTATION CRISIS AND NEW FORMS OF PARTICIPATION” and it will take place in Biblioteca Nicanor Parra (Nicanor Parra Library) which belongs to the same university.
This time, the conference will be focused on the role of the surveys in the process of formation of public opinion and the crisis of political representation that are affecting different Latin-American countries.

The previous conferences took place in Colonia (Uruguay, 2008); Lima, (Peru, 2009); Queretaro (Mexico, 2010); Belo Horizonte (Brazil, 2011); and Bogota (Colombia, 2012).

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Keynote Speaker

Jon A. Krosnick


He is “Frederic O. Glover” professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, and professor in Communication, Political Sciences and Psychology at Stanford University. He is an international leader in survey design and research methods through opinion polls, and on the psychology of attitudes, especially within the political realm. For 30 years, Krosnick has studied how attitudes, opinions and behavior of the American public are formed, change, and shape thinking and action.

Krosnick focuses his work on three areas: (1) the formation, changes and effects of these attitudes; (2) the psychology of political behavior, and (3) the optimum design of surveys used for laboratory experiments and opinion polls, and also research methodologies for surveys in general.

He was one of the principal investigators of the American National Election Study, the top academic research project that investigates voter decision-making and political campaigns of the US.

For over 15 years, Krosnick has developed surveys for researching the vision of the American people about global warming. The Stanford Woods Institute for Environment has supported his recent work on this area.

Krosnick directs Stanford University’s Political Psychology Research Group (PPRG), a multidisciplinary team of scholars who are developing empirical studies on psychology of political behavior whose goal is to optimize the methodologies to study political psychology. For this, they use a great variety of research methods, some of them are surveys, experiments, and content analysis, several times with the contribution of media organizations, such as ABC News, Associated Press, Washington Post, and Time Magazine.

Krosnick is also leading the Summer Institute in Political Psychologyan annual event in which 60 students and professionals from all over the world attend an intensive training in Stanford on theory and methods in political psychology.

He is the author of four books and more than 140 research articles and chapters. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science..

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  • June, 19Th
  • Researchers presentations
  • Business Meeting
  • Jon Krosnick’s Master Conference
  • Opening Dinner
  • More details (soon)

Register Calling and values

The central topics of Wapor 2014 will be the role of research in the process of formation of public opinion, the issues of political representation, and the new ways of participation that affect the different countries in Latin-America.


1Panels: Proposals must include a general description of the topic (200 words at most), name and contact information of the panelists, titles of the articles that are going to be presented and a summary of 200 words of each presentation. Additionally, it is necessary to indicate who is going to be the coordinator of the panel. A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 presentations per panel only allowed. Maximum extension: 1200 words.

2Papers: The authors will have to present an original research. A summary is required with the following elements: title and general description of the paper. The description must include: introduction to the topic, hypothesis or research questions, method, and results. In a separate page the author will have to send the title of the research and the contact information. Maximum extension: 300 words.


Proposals submission: January, 10th 2014
Notification of results: January, 25th 2014
Final papers and presentations submission: April, 18th 2014

  • Political Participation
  • Polarization
  • Civic Culture
  • Civic Culture
  • Trust and Social Capital
  • Political Processes and Public Opinion
  • The Silence Spiral
  • Mass Media
  • Participation and New Media
  • Media Effects
  • Audience Fragmentation
  • Comparative Research on Public Opinion on Latin America
  • Experimental and Survey Methodology
  • Qualitative Methodologies (focus, in-depth interviews, cases studies)
  • Emerging Public Opinion Research with new technologies
  • Electoral Studies
  • Questionnaire design, samples, response and non-response rates
  • Quantity and Quality of Statistical Data and Reliability of Public Information
  • Transparency and data publication

Proposal submissions to Congress President, Andrés Scherman, to the following e-mail:
More information in

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In the course of Wapor Santiago 2014, June 18th it will take place the Young Researchers on Public Opinion day. In order to be part of this instance, the researchers who are interested in this will have to send a paper and it must be subsequently presented in the event.

The best work presented in this instance will be rewarded with Young Researchers on Public Opinion Marcus Figueiredo Award, which will be given by the international examining judges.


Paper Résumé: March, 15th 2014
Notifications of results: March, 30th 2014
Complete papers sending: May, 10th 2014

Sending of proposals to the president of the conference, Andrés Scherman, to the e-mail:
More information at:

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Register Values
  • Register Values
  • Wapor Members*
  • Non Wapor Members
  • Graduate Student**
  • Undergraduate Student**
  • Before May, 9th 2014
  • 160 USD
  • 220 USD
  • 20 USD
  • 20 USD
  • After May, 9th 2014
  • 200 USD
  • 250 USD
  • 50 USD
  • 50 USD

* For more information about Wapor membership, click here.
** The Value for graduate and undergraduate student includes materials, the participation in panels and papers. It does not include meals or additional activities.

Online register and payment will be available soon


  • Five stars Hotel, near the old town of the city and the most important touristic attractions. Two metro stations far from Nicanor Parra Library of Universidad Diego Portales.
    Single suite standard – USD$ 130
    Double suite standard – USD$ 140
    More information and reservations (Do not forget to mention Wapor Santiago 2014 Conference)
    Contact: César Cortés
  • Hotel Plaza San Francisco website
  • Four stars Hotel, near Providencia Avenue and one block far from Salvador metro station. The hotel is between the downtown and the modern borough ‘El Golf’.
    Suite single – USD$ 145
    Suite doble – USD$ 145
    More information and reservations (Do not forget to mention Wapor Santiago 2014 Conference)
    Contact: Laura Barahona
  • Hotel NH Ciudad de Santiago website



Biblioteca Nicanor Parra
Universidad Diego Portales
Vergara 324, Santiago



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