Research

Working Papers

Ethnopolitics

Spatial Proximity to Mosques and Political Behaviour (with Timothy B. Gravelle & Alessandro Nai)
The project examines whether the presence of a mosque within the everyday life of voters, in Switzerland and the Netherlands, has an effect on their political behaviour. 


Support for Bans on Religious Symbols among Politicians (with Colin Scott)

The study explores the determinants that account for politicians supporting, or not, bans that prevent public servants from wearing religious symbols.


Religion, Partisanship and Vote Choice

The study investigates whether the influence of religious self-identification on vote choice in Bavaria is mediated through positive partisanship and/or negative partisanship.  


Non-Contiguous Ridings and Minority Representation (with Benjamin Forest)

The study explores the possibility that non-contiguous electoral ridings could increase the political representation of minorities in Canada.
 

The Candidate Selection Process for Minorities in Canada (with Benjamin Forest)
This paper uses a mixed-methods analytical framework to explore the factors that impacted the selection of minority candidates in the 2015 Canadian federal election.
 

Visible Minorities in the 2018 Toronto Municipal Election (with Benjamin Forest & Chris Erl)
This paper uses the natural experiment feature of boundary modifications to explore the candidacy of visible minorities:  
 

The Influence of Ethnicity on Ethnic Conflicts
Using a historical comparison of Kosovo Albanians and Vojvodina Hungarians’ relations with the Yugoslav state, this paper examines to what extend social factors related to ethnicity can impact the outbreak of group conflict.
 


Gender Politics


Explaining Support for Gender-Based Affirmative Action Policies among Politicians (with Colin Scott)

The study explores the determinants that account for politicians supporting, or not, of gender-based affirmative action policies.


The Gender of Party Leaders and its Influence on Women’s Political Behaviour (with Ruth Dassonneville, Stephen Quinlan, and Ian McAllister).
The project examines the influence of candidate-citizen gender affinity on women’s political behaviour in elections that cover dozens of countries.

 

Right-Wing Populism and Gender in the Netherlands (with Melisa Can)
The paper explores the impact of citizens' attitudes towards gender equality on vote choice in the Netherlands.  



Elections
 

Negative Campaigning and Negative Partisanship (with Alessandro Nai)

The study examines the relationship between the tone used by parties in campaigning and the level of negative partisanship that voters have towards them.


Party Competition and Election Violence in Constituencies (with Ursula E. Daxecker)
The project assesses the impact of electoral competition between parties at the constituency-level on the risk for election violence.

 

Political Psychology


Personality Traits, Gender and Winning Elections (with Yanna Krupnikov, Patrik Öhberg &  Colin Scott)

The study examines if male and female politicians have different personality traits, and if these traits impact electoral victory in a different manner.


Politicians’ Personality and their Positions on Immigration (with Patrik Öhberg)

The project explores if politicians' personality traits help account for their positions on immigration.


Personality and the EU (with Patrik Öhberg)

The paper investigates if personality traits help explain the divide between citizens and elites on the issue of European integration..

 

Sub-State Nationalism
 

Attitudes towards Decentralisation (with Jean-Philippe Gauvin)
The study explores the factors that lead to support for decentralisation in Canada.  
 

Sub-State Cleavages and Ideological Differences (with Jean-Philippe Gauvin)
The paper uses a multi-dimensional ideological framework to explore the impact of territorialised ethnicity on ideological (dis)similarity in Belgium. 

Current Projects

Municipal Candidates Survey (with Colin Scott)
The project aims to understand the factors that determine local candidates' policy positions on important political issues.  The survey was administered to candidates in the 2017 Quebec municipal elections and the 2018 local elections in Ontario, British Columbia, and Belgium.
 

Federal and Provincial Elections Expert Surveys (with Jean-Philippe Gauvin)
The project measures the positions of political parties on a range of sociopolitical issues. The project includes data from Canadian federal elections (2015 & 2019),  and provincial elections in Quebec (2014 & 2018), Alberta (2019), Manitoba (2019), Newfoundland (2019), and PEI (2019). The project will continue to collect data for upcoming federal and provincial elections.
 

2019 European Parliament Election Expert Survey (with Alessandro Nai, Jürgen Maier, Michaela Maier,  Nina Wiesehomeier, Carlos Jalali, & D.J. Flynn)
The dataset includes the stances of political parties on several sociopolitical issues as well as campaign dynamics related to the parties, and the Spitzenkandidaten, for 28 European countries.