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  and Director of the Quantitative Political Economy Research Group. 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 and electoral rules. I use experiments, surveys and other quantitative methods to better understand people's experience of representative democracy across countries and political systems. I study two main topics: (1) how voters and parties adapt their behavior to electoral rules, and (2) what shapes their preference for certain rules over others. The guiding idea is that when it comes to elections people are not as ill-intentioned and/or stupid as political observers often suggest. I also sometimes try to (3) push the frontiers of 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 multiple countries accross Western Europe. To do so, I’ve been financially supported by the  Montreal Centre for Democratic Citizenship, the British Academy, and the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique. 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 appears in journals from both disciplines, as well as other social sciences like public opinion research.