I study the electoral success of populist and challenger parties and political behaviour across different institutional and social contexts. In my dissertation, I exploit the quasi-exogeneity of the relatively young institution of European Parliament direct elections to study their effects on national party competition and voting behaviour. One article has recently been published in EUP.
Social Norms and Political Behaviour.
Repeated attacks against fundamental liberal democratic rights shape the socio-political norm and information environment that individuals are exposed to. I study the effects that social norms and the cues that individuals take from their social environment have on political attitudes and behaviours. Do changes in the prevailing norms impact on individuals’ willigness to engage in norm-deviant behaviours?
Data Visualisation & Research Methods.
I have an interest in quantitative research methods, causal inference designs and data visualisation. Since 2016, I am the principal organiser of the Quantitative Methods Working Group at the EUI.
Individuals differ in how politically engaged they are and these differences remain remarkably stable over their lives. What is driving citizens’ political engagement, their participation in conventional and non-conventional politics and their level of political interest?
Positional proximity to candidates & shared local ties.
Do voters infer positional proximity to candidates from shared local ties? Previous evidence suggests that the localness of candidates helps them to attract votes. Integrating theories on the personal vote with approaches of informational shortcuts, this study posits that candidates fare better in electoral contexts where they have local ties, which serve as a heuristic for voters to infer positional proximity.
Electoral Integrity and the Populist Right.
While liberal democracies depend on both winners’ and losers’ recognition of the legitimacy of the electoral process, right-wing populist parties frequently call the fairness of elections into question. Bridging accounts on procedural integrity with theories on populist right success, this paper investigates whether electoral malpractice depresses turnout and fosters the success of the populist right by making use of a natural experiment around the repeated 2016 presidential run-off election in Austria.