The political space in Western Europe has been transformed by the advent of a new cultural conflict. This conflict is, at heart, one about different conceptions of community, and is the result of two transformations: The emergence of the New Left after 1968 and the division of the right into a traditional and a New Right component. While rooted in social structure, i.e., in class location, education, and gender, structural change has by no means translated mechanically into politics. Rather, the strategies of political actors are central in determining the strength of the new cultural conflict and the degree to which the populist right has benefitted from it. The role of European integration in different party systems and in the discourse of right-wing populist parties also varies. My research in this area is also concerned with the consequences of the polarization of party systems on the evolving quality of representation since the 1970s.
This project used comparative history to analyze two critical junctures that have shaped South American party systems. It then develops a quantitative measurement of party system responsiveness to test the historical predictions and to chart diverging party system trajectories during Latin America's “Left Turn”.» Link to BJPolS article
Project conducted jointly Manuel Vogt (UCL), Livia Schubiger (Duke) and Marco Steenbergen (University of Zurich)
How much do instances of populist mobilization across space and time have in common?» Link to Special Issue
My PhD project and a joint project with Hanspeter Kriesi, Edgar Grande, Romain Lachat, Martin Dolezal, and Timotheos Frey