Matthew M. Singer
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. 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. 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 is a collaborator with the Latin American Public Opinion Project and contributed to the 2012 and 2014 Annual Reports. In 2015 he was a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.
Professor Singer’s research has been published in The Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, The British Journal of Political Science, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics and Society, The European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, and Política y Gobierno. Links to the published works are available below along with any supplemental materials. Together with Elizabeth Zechmeister and Ryan Carlin he recently published an edited volume on The Latin American Voter (University of Michigan Press).
Articles (please email me for replication data)
- Singer, Matthew M. In Press. “Delegating Away Democracy: How Good Representation and Policy Successes Can Undermine Democratic Legitimacy.” Comparative Political Studies (Forthcoming). Preprint and Supplemental Appendix. Paper previously published by the Kellogg Institute as part of its working paper series #420, with a Supplemental Appendix.
- Singer, Matthew M. 2017. “Is the Party System Affected by Booms and Busts? Not Very Much.” Electoral Studies 45 (February): 173-9. Online Appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. 2016. “Elite Polarization and the Electoral Impact of Left-Right Placements: Evidence from Latin America, 1995-2009.” Latin American Research Review 51 (2): 174-193.
- Singer, Matthew M. 2016. “Informal Sector Work and Evaluations of the Incumbent: The Electoral Effect of Vulnerability on Economic Voting.” Latin American Politics and Society 58 (2): 49-73. Online Appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. 2015. “Does Increasing District Magnitude Increase the Number of Parties? Evidence from Spain, 1982-2011.” Electoral Studies 38 (June): 118-26. Online Appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. 2013. “The Global Economic Crisis and Domestic Political Agendas.” Electoral Studies 32 (2): 404-10. Online Appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. and Ryan E. Carlin. 2013. “Context Counts: The Election Cycle, Development, and the Nature of Economic Voting.” The Journal of Politics 75 (3): 730-42. Online 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. Online 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. Online Appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. 2011. “When do Voters Actually Think “It’s the Economy”? Evidence from the 2008 American Presidential Campaign” Electoral Studies 30 (December): 621-32. Online Appendix
- Carlin, Ryan E. and Matthew M. Singer. 2011. “Support for Polyarchy in the Americas” Comparative Political Studies 44 (November): 1500-26. Online Appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. 2011. ““Who Says “It’s the Economy”? Cross-National and Cross-Individual Variation in the Salience of Economic Performance” Comparative Political Studies 44 (March): 284-312. Online Appendix
- Singer, Matthew M. 2011. “Economic Voting and Welfare Programs: Evidence from the U.S. States” European Journal of Political Research 50 (March): 479-503. Online 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): 199-236. English version
- Singer, Matthew M. and Laura Stephenson. 2009. “The Political Context and Duverger’s Theory: Evidence at the District Level” Electoral Studies 28 (3): 480-91
- Anderson, Christopher J. and Matthew M. Singer. 2008. “The Sensitive Left and the Impervious Right: Multilevel Models and the Politics of Inequality, Ideology, and Legitimacy in Europe,” Comparative Political Studies (June): 564-99.
- Morrison, Kevin M. and Matthew M. Singer. 2007. “Inequality and Deliberative Development: Revisiting Bolivia’s Experience with the PRSP.” Development Policy Review 25 (November): 721-40.