My work combines both cross-country and within-country analyses of political parties’ internal functioning and interaction with one another in party systems. During my MA in Political Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, my studies and early research focused on British Politics, examining in particular the process of electoral reform at the national level (2011 AV Referendum) and intra-party candidate and leadership selection in the Labour Party.

During my PhD at the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, I have expanded my theoretical and empirical understandings of political parties’ interaction with one another in the process of coalition formation and internal dynamics in the process of candidate selection.

My dissertation evaluates parties’ direct appeals to the electorate comparing party manifestos, printed campaign advertisements, and parties’ names. The dissertation also examines how these appeals impact the processes of coalition formation and choice of candidate selection method. The project compares Israel and The Netherlands across time with the intention of expanding the research to a multi-country project after the completion of the PhD. 

Works under Review:

  • What Determines a Party’s Choice of Incumbent Renomination Process? The Case of the British Labour Party, 1979-2017.

Works in Progress:

  • Parties’ Representational Claims—A New Framework for Evaluating Parties’ Representative Intentions and Its Implications for Intra- and Inter-Party Politics in Israel and the Netherlands.
  • Fitting the Odd Parties In—Parties’ Representational Claims and Their Implications for Coalition Formation.
  • Parties’ Representational Claims and Their Impact on Choice of Candidate Selection Methods.
  • Manifestos versus Campaign Ads—Parties’ Demographic Appeals to Voters in Israel and the Netherlands, 1977-2015.

Past Research Experience

  • 2013-2016. Research assistant to Professor Gideon Rahat on the first round of the Political Parties Database Project (Poguntke et al., 2016; Poguntke, Scarrow, and Webb, 2017). To collect the data I conducted interviews, and used structured questionnaires and parties’ constitutions. I then coded the data, which included information on parties’ internal functions, finances, membership, selection procedures, conference structure and more. The first round is available on the Project’s website.

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