My research is sorted into several different areas of emphasis below. Please see my CV for the most up-to-date coverage of my work.
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Valence, Ideology, and Elections
Leiter, Debra, April Clark, and Michael Clark. Forthcoming. “Winners and Losers Reconsidered: Party Support, Character Valence, and Satisfaction with Democracy.” European Political Science Review.
Clark, Michael and Debra Leiter. 2014. “Does the Ideological Dispersion of Parties Mediate the Electoral Impact of Valence? A Cross-National Study of Party Support in Six Western European Democracies.” Comparative Political Studies 47(2): 171-202
- BLOG: LSE Democratic Audit UK Blog: “Voters do not Improve their evaluations of the political system simply because the government is behaving well,” with Michael Clark
Adams, James, Lawrence Ezrow and Debra Leiter. 2012 “Partisan Sorting and Niche Parties in Europe.” West European Politics. 35(6): 1272-1294
Adams, James, Lawrence Ezrow and Debra Leiter. 2013.“Partisan Sorting and Niche Parties in Europe” in Assessing Political Representation in Europe. Edited by Christine Arnold and Mark N. Franklin. New York: Routledge.
Adams, James, Catherine De Vries, and Debra Leiter. 2012. “Subconstituency Reactions to Elite Depolarization in the Netherlands: An Analysis of the Dutch Public’s Policy Beliefs and Partisan Loyalties, 1986-1998.” British Journal of Political Science, 42(1): 81-105
Social Networks, Context, and Political Behavior
Leiter, Debra. 2018. “Split Ticket Voting, Social Networks, and New Democracies: The Case of the 1990 German Unification Election” Political Studies
- BLOG: Political Studies Association Political Insight Blog: “Split Your Ticket? Split Your Friends: Social Network Disagreement and Partisan Preferences in the 1990 German Election.”
Leiter, Debra, Jack Reilly, and Joel Bremson. 2017. “Third Parties, Turnout, and Social Influence: Why Third Party Entry May Decrease Turnout in Plurality Systems.” Computational Social Sciences Society of America 2017 Conference Proceedings.
Citizen Forecasting and Social Networks
Leiter, Debra, Jack Reilly, and Mary Stegmaier. Forthcoming. “Echoing Certainty in Uncertain Times: Network Partisan Agreement and the Quality of Citizen Forecasts in the 2015 Canadian Election.” Electoral Studies.
Leiter, Debra, Andreas Murr, Ericka Rascon, and Mary Stegmaier. 2018 “Social Networks and Citizen Election Forecasting: The More Friends the Better” International Journal of Forecasting. 34(2): 235-248
Leiter, Debra. 2018. “The Sweeping Changes of Clean Missouri: Issues of Redistricting Reform in Missouri” Missouri Policy Journal 7:38-46