I am a specialist in comparative democratic politics, with a particular interest in elections, political parties, political institutions and political economy. Much of my research is broadly cross-national, drawing on data and analyzing politics around the world, but I also have particular expertise and interest in the politics of Japan. Currently my research falls into three primary groupings. I have two major multi-article/book-length projects ongoing, as well as a handful of smaller additional collaborative projects.
Emigrants and Elections
Angela O'Mahony and I are working on a series of papers and book looking at migrant political engagement with home-country elections. Our research has identified the existence of 'political remittance cycles' in which migrants send more money home in the lead-up to elections, and we are investigating how political, economic and legal context influences these political remittance cycles, as well as the impact these remittances have on elections in the developing world. We are extending this work to examine the diffusion of extra-territorial voting rights and the assessment of migrant political engagement with their home country over time using social media and internet data.
Party Leaders and PMs
I am in the midst of a broadly comparative project studying party leaders and prime ministers in developed parliamentary democracies, building on my previous work on political leadership in Japan. This project has been funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant from 2011-2014, and in particular focuses on explaining the cross-sectional and over time changes in the durability of party leaders and prime ministers over the past sixty years.
I am a Co-PI on the Making Electoral Democracy Work project, a SSHRC-funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative led by Andre Blais. The MEDW project includes observational study of party strategies, survey collection and analysis of voting behavior at multiple levels of government in five countries, and experimental research on simulated electoral behavior.
I am on the Advisory Board of the European Representative Democracy Data Archive, and I am a member of the SEDEPE Network. I have long-standing collaborative relationships with many scholars studying coalition government and parliamentary politics in Europe.
I am working on two collaborative research projects on electoral and parliamentary politics in Japan. Zhen Han, Go Murakami and I are examining the evolution of Japanese voting behavior and public opinion from the early 1970s to the present. Mikitaka Masuyama and I are examining changes to Japanese parliamentary democracy over time.