Work in Progress

From Political Mobilization to Electoral Participation: Turnout in Barcelona in the 1930s [PDF]

Conditionally Accepted at Journal of Politics

with Carles Boix, Jordi Muñoz and Toni Rodon

We examine the causes of voting by exploiting a historically unique set of official registers that include individualized information on turnout as well as other individual characteristics in the city of Barcelona in the 1930s. The nature of the individual and the geocoded data allows us to examine the full political and social dynamics of voters’ mobilization.

Democracy under High Inequality: Political Participation and Public Goods [PDF]

Forthcoming at Journal of Politics

with Pablo Beramendi

Contrary to the view that inequality reduces turnout, political participation among low income voters is higher in democracies with very high levels of inequality and intermediate levels of state capacity. We address this puzzle by analyzing the link between political mobilization and spending decisions at different levels of inequality and state capacity. We exploit a quasi-experiment, the anti-corruption audits by the Brazilian federal government on its municipalities.

Inequality, Immigration and Party Strategies [PDF]

with Hector Galindo-Silva

In this paper we explore how increasing immigration levels affect parties’ strategies across OECD democracies. We develop a formal model according to which a welfare nativist preference accounts for the conditional relationship between immigration, inequality and parties’ strategies. The results show that compensatory platforms and protectionist stands are oftentimes complementary responses to rising immigration levels.

Labor Unrest, Ideology Formation and Female Participation in the 1930s [PDF]

with Carles Boix, Jordi Muñoz and Toni Rodon

According to most of the available evidence, women were less likely to turn out than men when they got the right to vote. Much less is known, however, about the root causes of female political participation upon formal electoral enfranchisement. We argue that ideological activation before female enfranchisement is key to understand the variation in the gender turnout gap. This pattern is analyzed by exploiting the post-WWI collapse of the heavily-feminized textile sector in Catalonia.


When the Median Legislator Matters: Redistributoin and the Investiture Vote [PDF]

with Albert Falcó-Gimeno

The degree to which is the legislative median party or, instead, government members what shapes policymaking remains somewhat of a puzzle. In this paper we establish the institutional conditions under which we expect the median legislator in the left-right dimension to dictate redistribution, a policy that is quintessential to this dimension of political competition.