Research

Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals

2019. “Why Voluntary Municipal Merger Projects Fail: Evidence from Popular Votes in Switzerland.” Local Government Studies 45 (5): 654-675 [Link] [.pdf] [Supplementary Materials]

2019. “The Importance of Input and Output Legitimacy in Democratic Governance. Evidence from a Population-based Survey Experiment in Four West European Countries.” (with Daniel Kübler and Frank Marcinkowski) European Journal of Political Research 58 (2): 488-513. [Link] [.pdf] [Supplementary Materials] [Data]

2018. “Incented Voluntary Municipal Mergers as a Two-Stage Process: Evidence from the Swiss Canton of Friboug.” Urban Affairs Review 54 (2): 267-301.  [Link] [.pdf]

Book Review

2019. “Close to Home: Local Ties and Voting Radical Right in Europe” Swiss Political Science Review (early view). [Link] [.pdf]

Other Publications

2019. “Massnahmen zur Erhaltung und Förderung der rätoromanischen und italienischen Sprache und Kultur im Kanton Graubünden” ( Evaluation for the Swiss Federal Office of Culture; with Corsin Bisaz, Emilienne Kobelt, Caroline Rausch, Daniel Kübler, and Andreas GlaserStudienberichte des Zentrums für Demokratie Aarau 16 [Link] [.pdf]

2019. “Problemdruck oder politischer Einfluss? — Gemeindefusionen in Volksabstimmungen” DeFacto-Blog [Link].

2018. “Was wollen die Bürger*innen von der Demokratie und wann wollen sie es?” (with Daniel Kübler and Frank Marcinkowski) DeFacto-Blog [Link].

2018. “Why It’s Not Just About the Outcome: Citizens Also Care About Democratic Decision-Making” (with Daniel Kübler and Frank Marcinkowski) Democratic Audit UK [Link].

2016. “Elite vs. Volk” Kommunalmagazin 33(5): 26-28. [.pdf]

2016. “Angst vor Machtverlust verhindert Gemeindenfusionen.” DeFacto-Blog [Link]

2016. “‘Yes I Do’ – Why Municipalities Merge When They Are Not Forced To.” Urban Affairs Forum [Link]

Working Papers

“Who Supports Metropolitan Reform? Citizens’ Attitudes in Four West European Countries.” [Presented at EURA Conference 2018, ECPR General Conference 2018, ECPR Joint Sessions 2019] [.pdf]

→ Winner of the Young Scholar Award 2018 of the European Urban Research Association

“Populism and the Scales of Statehood in Western Europe.” (with Daniel Kübler and Frank Marcinkowski) [.pdf]

“Do Policy Attributes Matter? A Policy-Centred Approach to European Integration” (with Pirmin Bundi) [Presented at EPSA Annual Conference 2017, ECPR General Conference 2017] [.pdf]

“A Policy-Centred Analysis of Intermunicipal Cooperation” (with Pirmin Bundi) [Presented at the SPSA Annual Meeting 2019] [.pdf]

“The Impact of the November 2015 Terrorist Attacks in Paris on Public Opinion: A  Natural Experiment.” (with Marco Steenbergen) [Presented at MPSA Annual Meeting 2017]  [.pdf]