In this project funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, we study instances of political protest that have surged concomitantly to the dramatic increase of mining activities in Latin America. Mining projects often have severe externalities for the environment, and are located in indigenous territories. The project’s theoretical framework integrates motivational approaches and the political opportunity structure to help explain under which conditions grievances are translated into protest. In particular, the focus is on the impact of ethic autonomy regimes, transnational corporate social responsibility initiatives, and national party systems in shaping ethno-environmentalist mobilization. At the heart of the project lies the construction of a new multi-level dataset on mining conflicts in Latin America between 2000 and 2013, based on a semi-automated strategy of news media event coding.
This ongoing project studies cleavage structures and party system formation in Latin America and Europe in comparative perspective. For the initial phase, conducted jointly with Daniele Caramani (then University of St. Gallen, now also at the University of Zurich), the project received funding by the Swiss National Science Foundation (2009-2012).» Project_Latin_American_Party_Systems.pdf (PDF, 52.87 Kb)
Project directed jointly with Daniele Caramani at the University of Zurich
Project conducted jointly with Marco Steenbergen and Livia Schubiger (University of Zurich) and Manuel Vogt (ETH Zurich)
My Ph.D. project assessed the ideological basis of right-wing populist parties and explains their varying success across countries by focusing on the strength of existing cleavages and partisan alignments, and on the strategies of the established parties with respect to their right-wing populist challengers. A book based on the Ph.D. was published by Temple University Press in 2010.» More on the book
In the project „EU enlargement, cultural diversity and national identity”, financed by the European Commission, and part of the "EU-Consent - Wider Europe, Deeper Integration? Constructing Europe" network, I worked on the mobilization of national political parties against European Integration. A volume edited by Hans-Dieter Klingemann and Dieter Fuchs is in preparation. In a similar vein, I study the mobilization of Euroscepticism by different political parties in Scandinavia, Continental Europe, and Southern Europe.» Catalogue
From 2002 to 2006 I was a member of the project "National Political Change in Borderless Spaces: A Comparative Assessment of the Impact of Globalization on National Party Systems". The project was financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the German Research Community.» Read more on the book that emerged from this project