My research agenda is situated at the cross-section of political participation and comparative public policy. It engages critically with studies of the role of interest organisations (such as political parties, interest groups, or NGOs), 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 topics: (i) how advocacy organizations try to influence the public policy process, and to what effect; (ii) how citizens engage with advocacy groups and other interest organizations online and offline; and (iii) electoral integrity as a cross-cutting public interest issue on which interest organisations mobilise.
Click below for more information on ongoing research projects, publications and conference presentations.