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Research

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The Populist Impulse: Assessing the Relationship Between Cognitive Reflection, and Populist Attitudes and Voting Behaviour

In this paper, I establish a link between between populist ideology and a tendecy to rely on spontaneous intutition rather than deliberative analysis. Using an oringinal survey with a conjoint experiment, I show this relationship manifests in both populist attitudes and voting behaviour.

(PAP)

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Stability or Stagnation: Non-Monotonic Association Between Party System Closure and Satisfaction with Democracy

In this paper, I argue that party system closure reflects aspects of democratic representation and accountability. In doing so, I show there exists an optimal level of party system closure which maximises satisfaction with democracy.

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Ethnic Minority Representation & Electoral Systems:
Evidence from Mixed Member Elections in the United Kingdom

In this paper, I examine the relationship between ethnic minority representation and electoral system using data from mixed-member elections in the UK. I show that while ethnic minority candidates are more likely to run on the proportional ballot of these elections, they are less likely to be elected via this ballot.

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The Psychological Partisan Effect of Electoral Systems
With Damien Bol and Gabriela Aguirre Fernandez

In this paper, we establish a psychological mechanism underlying the relationship between the representation of left-right ideology and electoral systems. We show that while left-wing individuals are more likely to possess an incentive to vote strategically in districted proportional systems, they are less likely to act on that incentive.

R&R in Party Politics (December 2022)

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