DICEU (‘Debates in the Council of the European Union’)
is the first project analyzing politics in the Council of the European Union from videos of negotiations between national ministers. It scales governments’ positions on EU legislation from automatic text analyses and human codings of ministers’ discussions in Brussels. The analyses provide a novel view on how national ministers resolve conflict in the EU.
develops a new theoretical and empirical framework to study representation as a multidimensional rather than unidimensional phenomenon. The project aims to make key advances in recent theoretical work on representation operationalizable for empirical researchers, and thereby close the theory-empirics gap. At its core is the conviction that the study of representation should be about how citizens want to be represented and whether representatives meet these expectations.
Citizen representation in the EU
encompasses my work on how citizens’ preferences are represented in EU policy-making processes. Do national governments respond to public opinion when they negotiate in Brussels? Do ministers of coalition governments represent their party’s platform or a coalition compromise at the EU level? And which national voters are best represented by EU policy output?
Populist demand and supply
focuses on the interplay between voters' populist attitudes and parties' populist appeals. It aims to improve our understanding of what kind of sentiment populism is and what combinations of populist messages and programmatic stances parties use to activate this sentiment in their favor.