Research

Current Research Projects

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Reconsidering Electoral Democracy

In this project, I explore a new theory of electoral behavior and its implications for electoral democracy. The theory argues that, in an election, voters quickly eliminate many alternatives. If a single alternative remains, it becomes their default choice. Otherwise, voters engage in more effortful processing to decided among the remaining alternatives.

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The Statistical Implications of DIF

Differential item functioning (DIF) is not uncommon in research involving multiple groups, e.g., countries. In this research, I explore how DIF affect a number of widely used statistical techniques in the social sciences. These include multilevel analysis and causal inference.

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Deliberative Democratic Innovation

Deliberation has come to play a central role in democratic innovations. In this project, I try to improve on online deliberative tools to help citizens engage with laws and direct democratic processes. The tools are designed to improve the quality of deliberation.

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Cleavages and the Political Space

This project has several aspects. On one hand, I am interested in probing which cleavages, if any, characterize party systems in the 21st century. At the same time, I am interested in observing how these cleavages shape the dimensions of contestation among parties. The third aspect is the heterogeneity in party positions within a particular family.

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