My work focuses on the interactions between populist parties and courts. In particular, I am interested in how populist parties challenge the rule of law and the ways in which courts respond to these challenges. My research aims to provide a deeper understanding of the dynamics between populist parties and courts, and to explore the potential consequences of these interactions for the stability and integrity of democratic institutions. Methodologically, I utilize computational text analysis tools and survey experiments to gain a deeper understanding of these interactions.
M.A. in Political Science, 2020
University of Hamburg
B.A. in Political Science, 2017
University of Hamburg
Populism and liberal democracy are – at least in parts – in conflict.Researchers have discussed a possible relationship between populist par-ties in government and democratic regression. In countries with sweepingpopulist majorities - such as Hungary - populists in power have under-mined democratic institutions through constitutional changes. Our paperanalyzes whether this mechanism is systematically applied by populistsin government in Europe and Latin America. Using V-Dem and V-Partydata, we investigate whether constitutional change leads to democraticregression more often under populist governments. The results from ourmulti-level model show that the relationship between populism and con-stitutional regression is ambiguous.
Populist parties are on the rise in many countries and their participation in government poses a challenge to high courts. In this paper I study whether the Austrian Constitutional Court uses press releases and public hear ings more often when facing a populist legislator in a judicial review process. Both, public hearings and press releases, increase the likelihood that a decision is covered in the media. This is of particular importance when facing a populist legislator to make sure that the public does not only hear the populist’s side of the story, but also the court’s. The results show that facing a populist legislator increases the court’s likelihood to hold public hearings, but not to issue press releases. This is in line with research that has shown that public hearings have a larger impact on court coverage in the media.