Research


Ongoing Projects

The Consequences of Clientelism for Social Policy Design (Executive Summary)
In this research project I investigate the consequences of clientelism for public policy in Latin America and other regions in the world. Therefore, I collaborate with several researchers in Europe, Latin America, and the USA. Together with Maria Spirova from the University of Leiden I organized a workshop at the ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops in Salamanca in April 2014 which brought together researchers to examine similarities and differences of the policy implications of party strategies with respect to diverse societal groups and in different regions of the world. At present, I am conducting a pilot study on Mexico to analyse the consequences of clientelism on social policy design. In this respect, I conducted field research with a series of semi-structured elite interviews in november and december 2015. The pilot study project is funded by the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) at the ETH Lausanne.

The Causes and Consequences of Populism (https://populism.byu.edu)
This collaborative project combines the iterative work from European and American scholars to answer the question “What causes Populism?”. The project was initiated by Kirk A. Hawkins at Brigham Young University (BYU) and is designed to catalyze iterative work in which different scholars repeatedly test competing theories using multiple methods. My research within this network focuses especially on the measurement of populism through parliamentary elite surveys for which I collaborate closely with the Parliamentary Elites in Latin America project (PELA) at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Apart from the causes of populism and the measurement of the phenomenon I am also engaged in the analysis of the consequences of populism in power.

Democracy Barometer (www.democracybarometer.org)
The „Democracy Barometer“ project combines the efforts of researchers from the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), was developed within the framework of the NCCR Democracy and is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
The project has developed an instrument to assess the quality of democracy in 70 established and new democracies and to measure the fine differences that exist between them. It allows for benchmarking between established and new democracies and, as democracy is seen as an ongoing process, a critical observation of their democratic development over time.

 

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