How does political accountability change when the demographic composition of the population changes?
I study the effects and consequences of an ageing population on political accountability in the United Kingdom by observing electoral responses to two strategies — pension and immigration reforms. The research highlights the role of time lags and electoral systems in the accountability process and looks at how spike in successful citizenship application rates are changing the profile of the median voter in a post-Brexit Britain. I combine high-quality sources of data from national household panel surveys, population censuses, freedom of information requests, electoral results and other administrative data-bases and apply causal inference methods to reveal how demographic changes shape the political sphere.
Accountability and time lags: The electoral consequences of pension reform in the UK
Migration, electoral systems and the far-right: Evidence from London
[with Joachim Wehner]