Comparative Politics, Political Behavior
Ph.D. Duke University, 2007
Professor Singer (Duke PhD, 2007) is generally interested in questions of how voters achieve political representation and how the political and social context affects political behavior. His current primary research project studies the political impact of government performance, looking at the impact of economic and political outcomes on support for the incumbent and democracy and also the conditions under which economic performance is more or less salient. This research has been published in The Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, The European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, and Política y Gobierno. A second ongoing project looks at the role of political institutions in shaping the party system that develops, focusing on district-level evidence for Duverger’s hypotheses. This work has been published in The British Journal of Political Science and Electoral Studies. Professor Singer is a collaborator on the Democratic Accountability and Linkages Project, an expert survey on modes of representation (especially programmatic and clientelist linkages) that are used in 88 countries around the world. He also collaborated on the Latin American Public Opinion Project's 2012 Annual Report. He is currently collaborating with Elizabeth Zechmeister and Ryan Carlin on an edited volume on The Latin American Voter.
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Recent Articles (please email me for replication data)
- Singer, Matthew M. In Press. "The Global Economic Crisis and Domestic Political Agendas" Electoral Studies (Forthcoming). Preprint, Web Appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. and Ryan E. Carlin. In Press. "Context Counts: The Election Cycle, Development, and the Nature of Economic Voting." Journal of Politics (Forthcoming). Preprint, Web Appendix
- Singer, Mathew M. 2013. “Economic Voting in an Era of (Non)Crisis: Economic Voting in Latin America 1982-2010." Comparative Politics 45 (2): 169-85.
- Singer, Matthew M. 2013. “Should Nervous Workers Make Incumbents Worry about their Own Job Prospects?: Evidence from Developing Countries” The European Journal of Political Research 52 (2): 143-63. Web Appendix.
- Singer, Matthew M. 2013 "Was Duverger Correct? Single-Member District Election Outcomes in 53 Countries" British Journal of Political Science 43(January): 201-220. Web Appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. “When do Voters Actually Think "It's the Economy"? Evidence from the 2008 American Presidential Campaign” Electoral Studies 30 (Dec 2011): 621-32.web appendix
- Carlin, Ryan E. and Matthew M. Singer. “Support for Polyarchy in the Americas” Comparative Political Studies 44 (November 2011): 1500-26. web appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. ““Who Says “It’s the Economy”? Cross-National and Cross-Individual Variation in the Salience of Economic Performance” Comparative Political Studies 44 (March 2011): 284-312. web appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. “Economic Voting and Welfare Programs: Evidence from the U.S. States” European Journal of Political Research 50 (March 2011): 479-503. web appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. 2009. “Defendamos lo que hemos logrado: El voto económico en México durante la elección presidencial del 2006” (Defend what we have achieved: Economic voting in Mexico during the 2006 Presidential Election) Política y Gobierno 15 (Special issue on 2006 Mexican Elections, Fall 2009): 199-236. English version
- Singer, Matthew M. and Laura Stephenson. “The Political Context and Duverger’s Theory: Evidence at the District Level” Electoral Studies 28 (3, 2009): 480-91
- Anderson, Christopher J. and Matthew M. Singer. “The Sensitive Left and the Impervious Right: Multilevel Models and the Politics of Inequality, Ideology, and Legitimacy in Europe,” Comparative Political Studies (June 2008): 564-99.
- Morrison, Kevin M. and Matthew M. Singer. “Inequality and Deliberative Development: Revisiting Bolivia's Experience with the PRSP.” Development Policy Review 25 (November 2007): 721-40.