My research focuses on the political economy of Western Europe (and specifically Italy, Spain and the UK), with particular reference to economic inequality and its relationship with democratic politics. My first book, Party Formation and Democratic Transition in Spain (Macmillan 1999), focused on the difficult relationship between business interests and political elites in post-Franco Spain. I then moved on to the study of political finance and corruption, the effects of decentralizing reforms on political parties, and the politics of redistribution and inequality, resulting in articles in various journals including the European Journal of Political Research, Governance, New Political Economy, Party Politics, Politics and Society, the Review of International Political Economy and West European Politics.
I am currently working on a book manuscript, Anti-System Politics (Oxford University Press), which looks at how inequality and economic crisis have destabilized the post-Cold War political order in the advanced democracies, leading to the emergence of new forms of political contestation.
Party Formation and Democratic Transition in Spain: The Creation and Collapse of the Union of the Democratic Centre
Palgrave Macmillan 1999.
Coalition Britain: The UK election of 2010
Edited with Gianfranco Baldini. Manchester University Press 2012.
Work in Progress
- 'The Politics of Secession Movements: Institutional Change and Economic Crisis in Scotland and Catalonia'
- 'US Investors as Exporters of The Winner-Take-All Economy: Preliminary Evidence' (with Lukas Linsi and Corinne Renira Angeles)
- 'The False Choice of Cuddly or Cut-Throat Capitalism: Regulation, Redistribution and Innovation' (with Victor Lapuente and Lovisa Moller)
- 'Equity and Efficiency in Advanced Democracies: Revisiting the Leaky Bucket Hypothesis' (with Mark Blyth and Seth Werfel)
- 'Cartel Parties and the Crisis: Political Change and Ideological Stasis in the Advanced Democracies'
- 'From Flexicurity to Deregulation. The Politics of Employment and Welfare in Spain' (with Kenneth Dubin)