The project addresses the following research questions:
In this project, I pursue two major goals. First, I aim to develop a comprehensive theoretical framework that, while taking into account the heterogeneity of voters and coalition agreements, examines both the specific and diffuse consequences that government compromises have on voters in European democracies. Second, I will empirically test my theoretical expectations using existing survey data and novel survey experiments. To this end, survey evidence is coupled with an original content analysis of coalition compromises that takes into account not only the policy and ideological orientation of coalition agreements but also the use of nonpartisan experts and transparency in negotiation deliberations that are likely to have important electoral ramifications.
The findings of this research will provide important insights into the difficulties and challenges of today’s representative democracy. The evidence produced by this project is important especially in light of increasingly polarized public opinion and the recent success of ‘populist’ parties that tend to refute government participation and the key features intrinsic to pluralism, that is, elite bargaining and compromise.
Presented at the general meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), Chicago, United States, April 2019.
In preparation for presentation at the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) general conference, Wrocław, Poland, September 2019.
Sylvia Kritzinger, University of Vienna (mentor)
Heike Klüver, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
David Fortunato, Texas A&M University
Sybil Bitter, University of Vienna
Nico Büttner, University of Vienna
Martin Fenz, University of Vienna
Simon Moser, University of Vienna
Department of Government, University of Vienna, Rathausstrasse 19/1, 1010 Vienna