How do political actors (including political parties, populist leaders, social movements, and advocacy think tanks) take advantage of increasing anti-partisan sentiments?
To answer these questions, I conducted a comparative research project with Ann Mische to explain how political parties responded to massive anti-partisan contention during the major global protest wave taking place after the financial crash of 2008. The results of this project, which provides a field-theoretic approach to partisan politics, are forthcoming in the American Journal of Sociology.
I have also engaged in case studies to closely map dynamics of collaboration between party elites and movement activists, providing a processual model for explaining the impact of movements over electoral outcomes. This research has appeared in Social Movement Studies and several book chapters. In a paper under review, co-authored with Benjamin Bradlow, we analyze a wide variety of data sources to understand the rise of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, providing a conjunctural framework to understand the dynamics of right-wing populism in the Global South.