2023 – Lobbying the Autocrat

Lobbying the Autocrat: The Dynamics of Policy Advocacy in Nondemocracies. Edited with Jessica C. Teets. 2023, Ann Arbor,MI:University of Michigan Press.
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Lobbying the Autocrat examines how advocacy groups lobby autocratic governments to achieve favorable policy outcomes, and when and why they are successful. Based on comparative case studies the volume theorizes that three conditions – access to policy making, information demands, and social control – structure the dynamics of policy advocacy under authoritarianism.

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Forthcoming 2025 – Encyclopedia of Political Communication

The Edward Elgar Encyclopedia of Political Communication. Edited with Alessandro Nai and Dominique Wirz. Forthcoming 2025, Cheltenham:Edward Elgar Publishing.

The Elgar Encyclopedia of Political Communication is forthcoming in 2025, and edited with Alessandro Nai (University of Amsterdam) and Dominique Wirz (University of Amsterdam). It will cover the vast field of political communication in all its aspects and dimensions, from election campaigns to news and journalism, interpersonal communication, social media usage, the psychology of information processing, disinformation, and more.

There are currently more than 420 confirmed entries by more that 580 authors from all five continents. Read a full list here.

Book project – Election Watchdogs

Election Watchdogs and the Limits of Human Rights Advocacy.

28 July 2013, Phnom Penh: Situation Room of the Electoral Reform Alliance, convened by the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL). (Source: Max Grömping)

In this project, I theorize and investigate empirically how citizen election watchdog groups mobilize and lobby to safeguard election fairness, and under which conditions they achieve success. I draw on a novel dataset on more than 1,000 election watch groups in 118 countries, and use theories and methods from political communication and interest group studies that have not previously been applied to study issues of electoral integrity to argue that lacking access to policymaking and the media arena put severe limits on what these watchdogs can achieve. Nevertheless, adaptive and persistent lobbying may offset these structural constraints and allow surprising gains in electoral integrity.

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