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Haiti’s Electoral Environment: 2015. A Report by OCID


2015. OCID, a non-partisan coalition of three important domestic ngo’s, plans to undertake a systematic observation of the upcoming elections in Haiti. With that goal in mind OCID deployed its entire national observer network to mount a systematic assessment of the election environment. 1,463 observers were randomly distributed in 730 pairs through the country between […]

Myanmar’s Electoral Environment: Results From the 2015 PACE Survey


2015. The People’s Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE) is a non-partisan civil society organization that launched a domestic election observation of Myanmar’s elections. In May 2015, PACE mobilized its national network of trained volunteers to undertake a systematic assessment of Myanmar’s electoral environment. This report summarizes some of the main findings from the interviews conducted […]

Auditoría del Padrón Electoral 2015


With Rafael Landivar University, 2015.

Evaluación Técnica del Registro Central de las Personas 2015


With Rafael Landivar University, 2015

On the Rise of Happiness in Japan: An Underachiever No More


Asteion 79: (2014): 213-246. Commentators have expressed interest in levels of happiness in Japan for more than three decades (Nishiyama, 1976). Greater international attention was drawn to the Japanese case in part as a consequence of findings reported in Ronald Inglehart’s seminal Culture Shift(1990). Drawing on cross-national comparative survey evidence from the 1981 and 1990 […]

Scapegoating: Unemployment, far-right parties and anti-immigrant sentiment


With C. Cochrane. Comparative European Politics 12: (2014): 1-32. Far-right parties blame immigrants for unemployment. We test the effects of the unemployment rate on public receptivity to this rhetoric. The dependent variable is anti-immigrant sentiment. The key independent variables are the presence of a far-right party and the level of unemployment. Building from influential elite-centered theories […]

Earning their support: Feelings Towards Canada Among Recent Immigrants


With S. White and A. Bilodeau. Ethnic and Racial Studies 38:2 (2013): 292-308. This article examines the factors that lie behind Canada’s success at earning the support of its newcomers. It examines the extent to which feelings towards Canada are grounded in immigrants’ experiences in the host country, predispositions inherited from their lives prior to migration, […]

Democracy at the Crossroads: The Results of the 2013 Maldives Democracy Survey


With Transparency Maldives, 2013. Transparency Maldives conducted a nationwide random survey of the Maldivian public in August 2013. The survey used repeatedly tested survey questions and the results are reliable within a margin of error of +?? 3.0%. That project was grounded in the conviction that the successful performance of democratic institutions requires a complementary set of supporting democratic values. The […]

Native Born and Foreign Born Attitudes towards Receptivity and Conformity: The Canadian Case


With S. White in G. Freeman, R. Hansen and D. Leal (eds.), Immigration and Public Opinion in the Western Democracies, Routledge Press. 2013. 307-334.

The Context and Construction of Anti-Immigrant Sentiment


With C. Cochrane. Paper 22nd World Congress of Political Science of the International Political Science Association, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, July 8-12, 2012.