Current Research

My research interests, which focus on comparative politics, primarily center on government dynamics in parliamentary democracies. My core research explores the implication of rules and procedures governments must follow in order to change which cabinet ministries exist and what policies are addressed in the executive.

In my three-chapter dissertation, I investigate the impacts of formal rules of cabinet restructuring. In my first chapter, I introduce a new dataset that codifies the different processes by which cabinet ministries can change. My second chapter argues that the difficulty of these processes will both impact the frequency of these changes and the magnitude of these changes. My third chapter explores implications of restructuring rules on party dynamics inherent to government formation; I argue that the difficulty of the rules of executive change should be related to how long it takes governments to form. 

My coauthored research so far pertains to the dynamic of changes in party positioning and constituent perceptions. In one publication, my coauthors and I demonstrate that although frequently used measures of party positions correlate with each other, the same datasets’ measures of changes in party positions are unrelated. As dynamic policy representation focuses on the changes in party positions, these differences are important to take into consideration. My other coauthored work, which is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, demonstrates that constituents typically view government parties as more pro-EU than non-government parties.