Working Papers

Parliamentary representation and the normalization of radical right support.

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).

Taking advantage of 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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Does radical-right success make the political debate more negative?
(with Tobias Widmann).

Applying a novel dictionary that measures discrete emotions to speeches in German state parliaments, we find that the electoral success of radical-right politicians makes the remaining politicians use a more positive rhetoric.

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Call Me By Your Name: The Prespa Agreement and Nationalist Sentiment
(with Elias Dinas and Sergi Martínez).

Using a newly collected dataset of flags in the façade of buildings, we show that the Greek-Macedonia agreement in June 2018 had a backlash effect, increasing nationalist sentiment in Greece.

The full working paper is available upon request.

Selected work in progress

  • They tell it like it is: Explaining the electoral appeal of norm-breaching politicians (with Diego Gambetta and Ozan Aksoy).

  • Individual-level Resources and Norm Abidance (with Judith Spirig).

  • The Effects of Banning Political Ideologies: Evidence from Germany (with Daniel Bischof).

  • Does the Experience of Regime Transition Increase Political Engagement? Evidence from Germany (with Kasia Nalewajko).

  • Interesting Times: Political Shocks and Educational Choices (with Nikolaj Broberg).

  • Explaining the display of the confederate flag in the US (with Haley Allen).

Published work

(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).