Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

2021. “Who Supports Metropolitan Integration? Citizens’ Perceptions of City-Regional Governance in Western Europe.” West European Politics [Link] [.pdf] [Supplementary Information]

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

2021. “‘Citizens’ Attitudes Towards Local Autonomy and Inter-local Cooperation: Evidence from Western Europe.” (with Daniel Kübler) Comparative European Politics 19(2): 188-207. [Link] [.pdf] [Supplementary Materials]

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]

Other Publications

2021. “Getting Rid of Their Ties: The Long-Term Evolution of Elite Networks and Profiles in the Three Largest Swiss Cities, 1890-2020.” (with Baptiste Antoniazza and André Mach) accepted for publication in Archiv für Sozialgeschichte 61 [.pdf]

Book Review

2019. “Close to Home: Local Ties and Voting Radical Right in Europe” Swiss Political Science Review 25(2): 195-198. [Link] [.pdf]

Public Policy Evaluation

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]

Transfer Publications

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

“From Local Champions to Global Players: A Long-Term Perspective on Swiss Companies’ Connections Across Territorial Scales” (with André Mach) [Presented at the Annual Conference of the Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics 2021, 5th European Conference on Social Networks 2021] [.pdf]

“From Counter-Elite to Hegemon: The Access to Power of Left-Wing Politicians in Three Major Swiss Cities in a Long-Term Perspective” (with Baptiste Antoniazza and André Mach) [Presented at the ECPR Joint Sessions 2021] [.pdf]

“Consensus and Disagreement in Local Democracy: Assembly versus Popular Vote Decisions in Swiss Municipalities” (with Alice el-Wakil) [Presented at the ECPR General Conference 2021] [under review]

“Territorial Reforms and Voting against the Government: Evidence from the Norwegian Local Government Reform” (with Arjan H. Schakel) [Presented at the MPSA Annual Conference 2021] [.pdf]

“Trading Wealth for Political Control? The Political Economy of Sovereignty Referendums” [Presented at the SPSA Annual Conference 2021, EPSA Annual Conference 2021] [.pdf]

“The Political Consequences of Territorial Reforms: Voting for Right-wing Populist Parties after Municipal Merger in Switzerland?” [Presented at the SPSA Annual Conference 2020] [.pdf]

“A Policy-Centred Analysis of Intermunicipal Cooperation” (with Pirmin Bundi) [Presented at the SPSA Annual Conference 2019, MPSA Annual Conference 2021] [R&R]

“The Regulatory State and Differentiated Integration” (with Pirmin Bundi) [Presented at EPSA Annual Conference 2017, ECPR General Conference 2017] [.pdf]