Current projects

I am currently working on two main projects on informal governance and on the domestic politics of international cooperation.

Prisoners of the Past? Historical narratives and international cooperation

Drawing on bodies of literature in conflict studies, political psychology and behavioral economics, this project explores whether or not narratives about a country’s past serve as heuristics in the formation of attitudes and decisions on international cooperation. Using survey experiments on samples of EU citizens and elites, the project evaluates if exposure to narratives of victimhood reduce people’s willingness to engage in reciprocal behavior, by reducing trust vis-à-vis cooperating partners. This project benefits from funding from LSE’s European Institute and Stiftung Mercator.

The unintended consequences of transparency

This project asks whether or not stricter transparency requirements in international organizations have perverse consequences, by pushing deliberations to more obscure venues. It hypothesizes that when new transparency regulations open negotiations up to public scrutiny, governments with an incentive for discretion will seek alternative venues that are potentially even more difficult to monitor. The argument is tested using the case of negotiations in the Council of the EU. Motivated by anecdotal evidence and previous research, I investigate whether or not the introduction of stricter transparency regulations in the Council have prompted an increase in informal gatherings. This project benefits from funding from the Hertie School of Governance and LSE’s European Institute.