Welcome to my webpage. I am a political scientist at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, specialising in Comparative Political Institutions and Behaviour.
A common theme which emerges from my research is the importance of political leadership for understanding democracies today. I approached the topic first in my PhD, focusing on the rise in importance of the institution of Prime Minister in Portugal. More recently, I have studied the same phenomenon from the perspective of electors and their vote choices, as well as in relation to the power of the President in semi-presidential regimes both in Portugal and in Lusophone countries.
I have been involved from the outset in the Portuguese Election Study, an ongoing project which has fielded surveys in all major Portuguese elections since 2002. As a consequence of this I have publications on partisanship, economic voting and political attitudes towards the EU.
In 2015, I won an ERC Consolidator Project entitled MAPLE – Measuring and Analysing the Politicisation of Europe before and after the Eurozone Crisis.