Working Papers

Into the parliament and into the mainstream: How radical right parties become normalized.

Using three complimentary studies, I show evidence that the parliamentary entry of radical right parties normalizes public expressions of support for them.

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Creating critical citizens?
Anti-austerity protests and public opinion.

Using evidence from a large anti-austerity protest in Portugal in 2011, I show that exposure to protests can make citizens more critical of the performance of their elites.

The effect seems to be driven by the protest opening the debate to civil society actors, which many citizens perceive as more relatable than elites.

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Issue Salience and Norm Change in New Democracies
(with Elias Dinas and Sergi Martínez).

Using data from flags hanging from the façade of buildings and an original survey, we show that the process of Catalan independence normalized public expressions of national identity in Spain, which were previously stigmatized.

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Early Voting Experiences and Habit Formation
(with Elias Dinas and Mark N. Franklin).

Exploiting variation in the first election (Presidential or midterm) US citizens are first eligible to vote, we show that individuals are more likely to vote for, and be interested in, elections of the same level of salience of their first voting experience. This suggests that the creation of voting habits depends on contextual continuity between the present election and their first eligible experience.

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Does party-system fragmentation affect the quality of democracy?
(with Elias Dinas).

We identify the effect of party-system fragmentation by instrumenting the number of parties marginally above electoral thresholds to parliamentary representation. We find no evidence that fragmentation affects the quality of democracy.

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Work in Progress

  • Does party system fragmentation affect the quality of democracy? (with Elias Dinas).

  • They tell it like it is: The electoral appeal of norm-breaching politicians (with Diego Gambetta).

  • Call me by your name: The Prespa Agreement and national sentiment (with Elias Dinas and Sergi Martínez)

  • How do citizens respond to state retraction of basic freedoms? Evidence from Employment Bans in Germany (with Daniel Bischof).

(2019) "What affects media commentators' views of protest actions? Evidence from the Portuguese wave of anti-austerity contention". Social Movement Studies, 18(2), pp. 215-232.

(2019) "Media coverage beyond visibility. The case of the Portuguese anti-austerity protests". Mobilization, 24(1), pp. 39-52 (with Britta Baumgarten).

Published work