Projects

The ‘Secret Garden’ of Portuguese Politics: Parliamentary Candidate Selection in Portugal

This project uncovers the intra-party dynamics of candidate selection. Three questions motivates the collaborative project: 1) How do Portuguese parties select their candidates for office? (2) What is the impact of selection processes on the nature of political representation? And (3) how candidate selection has evolved since the Portuguese democratic transition. As a member of the Research Team, I am responsible for the design and implementation of the survey experiments with party gatekeepers.

Executive Approval Project (EAP)

The EAP seeks to contribute to the study of public support for political executives across the world. The Executive Approval Database contains quarterly and monthly time series measures of executive approval for more than 50 countries. As part of the project, I am currently leading the Portuguese team with the goal of providing updated public opinion data.

Comparative Campaign Dynamics Project (CCDP)

CCDP is a cross-national project that tracks campaign messages by party leaders and journalists in ten European countries during the last decade. The goal of the project is to explore how political parties change their policy positions throughout the course of an election campaign. The project is directed by Marc DExecutive Approval Project (EAP)ebus (University of Mannheim), Margit Tavits (Washington University in St. Louis), and Zeynep Somer-Topcu (The University of Austin at Texas). As part of the project, I co-led the Portuguese team with José Santana-Pereira. Currently CCDP is applying for a second wave of data collection.

POPSTAR (Public Opinion Sentiment Tracking, Analysis, and Research)

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POPSTAR is a collaborative research initiative by ICS-UL, INESC-ID, FEUP and NIPE-UM that explores web-based conventional and social media with text mining and generates indicators of both frequency and polarity (positivity/negativity) of mentions to political actors, the economy, and economic policies across sources, types of sources, and across time. The project is funded by the Portuguese Science Foundation. Our ultimate goal is to analyze the relationship between survey/poll-based indicators of public opinion and indicators of salience and polarity of opinion in web-based conventional and social media texts. My role in the project is to collect and manage the dataset of public opinion surveys published in the media and to update the website with new data available.

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