Associate Professor in Political Behavior

Department of Political Economy, KCLondon. 30 Aldwych Bush House NE Wing. London WC2B 4BG. UK

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I'm an Associate Professor in Political Behavior at King's College London. Prior to that, I studied and worked at the Université de Montréal and UCLouvain. I've also held visiting positions in the Paris School of Economics and European University Institute.

My research lies at the intersection of political behavior and comparative politics with a focus on elections (especially voting behavior) and electoral rules (especially preference for new electoral rules). My overarching goal is to better understand people's experience of representative democracy, and find ways to improve it. I also sometimes try to advance survey and experimental methods, and in the past QCA and Fuzzy Sets.

These last 10 years, I’ve conducted a dozen of surveys and experiments in various countries, but mostly in Belgium, Canada, France, and the UK. To do so, I’ve been financially supported by the  Montreal Centre for Democratic Citizenship (Canada), the British Academy (UK), and the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium). I'm currently leading an inter-university survey, which aims at eliciting people's preference for political institutions in 15 West European countries.

I'm a political scientist by training but I frequently collaborate with economists trying to bridge the two disciplines. Political scientists would say that I’m a rational choice analysist, but economists would say that I’m behaviorist. My work thus appears in journals from both disciplines like CPS, EJPR, PSRM, Electoral Studies, Party Politics, PRQ, WEP in polisci; and JPUBE, Public Choice in econ.

I’m currently the Director of the Quantitative Political Economy Research Group at King’s College London, and the Convener of the ECPR Standing Group on Comparative Political Institutions.