Research

My research agenda is situated at the cross-section of comparative public policy and comparative politics. It engages critically with studies of the role of interest groups, political institutions, and transnational advocacy in the public policy process. To date, I have investigated the dynamics of political agenda-setting by citizen groups in online and offline public spheres in the context of competitive authoritarian regimes.

I draw on concepts and measures from agenda-setting theory to ask questions about the life cycle of policy issues in comparative perspective across different regime types. My approach is novel in using attention as a metric to track policy issues through different arenas. It not only provides a unified framework that makes democracies and non-democracies comparable, but also significantly broadens the empirical scope of agenda-setting studies beyond the usual setting of affluent OECD democracies.

Within this broader research agenda, I actively pursue three inter-related questions: what drives public attention to pressure groups; under which conditions does public attention precipitate policy attention; and how do international influences condition both public and policy attention?

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Electoral Integrity Domestic election monitors
"Presidential Elections" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by UNAMID Photo "2009 Elections, Indonesia" (CC BY 2.0) by DFAT photo library
NGOs and News Digitally enabled activism
"Mozambique Commonwealth Observer Group 2" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Commonwealth Secretariat "Chiapas - Distrito 03" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by dimitridf