This group’s research focuses on the institutions, or the “rules of the game”, that structure democratic politics. The research examines the origins, effects, and evolution of political institutions. It examines how changes to rules impact political behaviour, both at the level of elected and non-elected political elites and citizens. It assumes that individuals respond to the incentives that political systems create, both when making policy and seeking election. Much of the research focuses on legislative and party politics, particularly within Europe, and is especially interested the interplay between national and European level politics.
Our research is theory-driven and empirical, using a wide variety of tools to understand democratic politics. Our theoretical tools include formal theory, game theory, and agent-based modelling, among others. Empirically, in addition to using standard econometric techniques, much of our research uses quantitative text analysis, machine learning and classification algorithms, survey experiments, and other tools. Our goal is always to find the most suitable empirical tool to answer interesting theoretical questions about democratic governance and European politics.
Typical research and teaching topics found within the group are:
- European politics and European integration
- Legislative politics and behaviour
- Coalition governance
- The link between legislative behaviour and voter attitudes
- Party politics
- Measurement theory and text-as-data in political science