My doctoral thesis focusses on issues related to ideology and representation within contemporary democracies. In particular, I focus on using interesting and novel techniques to better understand voting behaviour and outcomes, across types of election. My first paper asks why direct democratic policymaking is ever successful in representative systems. My second paper focusses on the effects of campaign finance disclosure on vote choice across direct and representative elections. My third paper is a methods contribution, outlining when and why we should cluster standard errors in experimental contexts (particularly those surrounding voter behaviour).
Associated Research Papers
Thomas Robinson. All cluster and no bluster? When should we cluster experimental standard errors?. 2019.
Thomas Robinson. Knowledge or ignorance? Assessing the causal effects of disclosure on vote choice. 2019.