Party Formation

Democratization, Electoral Systems Choice, and the Formation of Parties

In the ongoing project, I work on suffrage extension, multiparty competition in majoritarian electoral systems with single and multimember districts, the introduction of proportional representation, and the formation of parties. The focus of the project is on Western Europe, Australia, Canada, and the USA as well as the Swiss cantons in the 19th and early 20th century. In my recent publications, I investigate the introduction of PR in Belgium and Switzerland, how electoral advances of radical parties affect electoral strategies of established parties, and the formation of the catholic workers’ movement.