The Leadership Quarterly In the 2009 expenses scandal, an analysis on 636 MPs’ facial appearance found that those perceived as more attractive or with criminal traits overclaimed less. However, MPs appearing competent overclaimed more. The findings link to theories of moral licensing and consistency.
Many countries have witnessed periods of political de-polarization as well as periods of polarization. This paper shows that this can be rationalised in a dynamic model of political competition with voter loss-aversion and imperfect recall.
European Journal of Political Economys Expressive Voting research typically emphasizes what voters support. This paper expands the scope to account for voter opposition or ‘booing.’ Analyzing UK election data, we observe a rising trend in this behavior, discussing its role in recent political polarization shifts.
Economic Journal Examining voter loss aversion’s effect on electoral dynamics, this paper finds that platform loss-aversion leads to rigidity, while valence loss-aversion increases polarization. Using US House elections data, we observe incumbents adjust less than challengers to voter shifts
European Journal of Political Economy Analysing the effects of ideological diversity in boardrooms, we find a positive correlation with firm performance. However, the causal effect is instead negative, even excluding top management. The implications are discussed in light of growing polarization.
European Journal of Political Economy This paper reevaluates Persson and Tabellini’s analysis of the impact of constitution type on government size, improving methodological refinements. The age of a democracy is crucial, leading to the introduction of two new democracy age measures.
We construct a citizen-candidate model with multiple districts and endogenous parties. The model is able to provide quantitatively and qualitatively realistic results.
The study evaluates the influence of political parties on local fiscal policy in England and Wales from 1998-2015. It found that no party affected any aspect of fiscal policy, likely due to central government constraints.
Over 6.1M US citizens, especially black Americans, lose voting rights due to felonies. Using a new database, we reveal how this impacts political outcomes. Stricter laws lower voting likelihood, even among eligible individuals. Easing these laws promotes policy liberalism and black representation.
Using a new dataset, this paper maps US political donations as a social network, highlighting an increase in donation polarization and concentration. While traditional donation patterns persist, there’s a clear shift towards a smaller set of influential donors and politicians gaining prominence.