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Research

My research interests lie at the intersection of political behaviour, comparative politics, political representation and research methods. My work has explored, among others, (1) the factors that shape political parties’ responsiveness to public opinion and (2) the extent to which political parties influence public preferences, focusing in particular on the immigration issue. My research has been published in Party Politics and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. In my current work, I am also exploring questions related to attitude formation of ambivalent voters, mass and party system polarization, and the electoral consequences of party responsiveness. 

In parallel, I employ experimental methods to analyse preference formation. Since 2020, I am involved in a collaborative project that studies, relying on experimental designs, how policy design affects public preferences about international cooperation between the EU and non-EU countries on migration management and refugee protection, and how attitudes to the EU are in turn affected by such cooperation actions.  This is part of the larger project and research alliance Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration.