Research

Research and Articles

Mobile Phones, Information and Economic Voting in Sub-Saharan Africa

Working Paper

Mobile phone use has exponentially grown across Sub-Saharan Africa in the past 15 years. Mobile phones provide voters with information about national economic phenomena, such that their use should make voters more responsive to macroeconomic trends and regional inequality, as opposed to personal circumstances alone. The paper uses cross-national survey data and nighttime lights to test the mechanism at the individual-level,  before using historical mobile coverage maps in Ghana to identify constituency-level effects in the 2004/08 elections.

Does Public Broadcasting Increase Voter Turnout? Evidence From the Rollout of BBC Radio in 1920s England

Forthcoming at Electoral Studies

There is much normative debate about how exposure to public broadcasting shapes voter's engagement with the political process. Using the gradual and politically independent rollout of BBC radio across England in the early 1920s, I find that constituencies with greater exposure to public radio see higher rates of voter turnout across a series of off-cycle elections. This result speaks to the existing work on media effects, while offering an alternative account of 1920s British elections that stresses the importance of technological change.

Covid-19 Exposure and Government Support in England (with Robin Harding and Nelson Ruiz)

In Progress

We use an original survey experiment to measure the political consequences of exposure to Covid-19. Considering exposure along distinctive epidemiological, socioeconomic and geotropic dimensions, we use a range of experimental primes and descriptive questions to see how voters attribute responsibility for different aspects of the pandemic.