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My largest project focuses on divisions within the ruling elite in electoral autocracies -dictatorships that hold multiparty elections. It provides a novel theory, data, and research to explain the strains and disruptions within authoritarian governments as well as defectors’ contribution to regime change. Moreover, I collaborate with two international teams at the University of Oslo and Glasgow on two ERC-funded projects on regime led-indoctrination .
November 2021 - present
Center for East European and International Studies
- Humboldt Postdoctoral fellow
- I obtained a Humboldt postdoctoral research fellowship to carry out my research at the Institute for East European and International Studies (ZOIS). My largest project focuses on divisions within the ruling elite in electoral autocracies -dictatorships that hold multiparty elections. It provides a novel theory, data, and research to explain the strains and disruptions within authoritarian governments as well as defectors’ contribution to regime change.
We introduce a global dataset on education policies and systems across modern history (EPSM), which includes measures on compulsory education, ideological guidance and content of education, governmental intervention and level of education centralization, and teacher training. EPSM covers 156 countries with populations exceeding 1 million people and...
Internal elite divisions in autocracies are an important step toward political liberalization and democratic transitions. Yet, we know little about when and how such divisions contribute to initiating democratic reforms. We argue that whether elite divisions lead to political liberalization depends on authoritarian parties’ origins. Dictators with...
Defections within the ruling elite often endanger authoritarian rule, emboldening opposition groups and paving the way for regime breakdown. Yet, the consequences of elite defections are better understood than their causes. Why do some authoritarian regimes experience more defections to the opposition than others? This paper develops a theory of th...
The Spanish political scenario has substantially changed since the beginning of the Great Recession. The emergence of new formations and the high levels of renewal among traditional parties (the PP and PSOE) have provided a ‘structure of opportunities’ that favours entry into politics. However, widespread discontent with political representatives m...
This chapter examines patterns of change and continuity in the territorial and national identities of members of parliament (MPs). In contrast to other countries, Spain’s history and type of quasi-federal state offer a unique heterogeneous setting to explore the degree of compatibility between Spanish regional identities over time. The findings sho...
What factors explain whether citizens prefers politicians, citizens or experts to make political decisions? In this article, we show that level of support for the political system plays an important role. In addition, citizens’ perceptions of the moral and technical capacities of the traditional actors in democracy (political elite and citizens) he...