Martin Haselmayer

My research focuses on political communication, party competition, and parliaments. I’m also into the politics of constitutions and judicial politics. My methodological emphasis is on text analysis and experimental research.

My dissertation, The dark side of campaigning. Negative campaigning and its consequences in multi-party competition, combines content analysis, automated text analysis, crowdsourcing and a vignette-experiment to study negative campaigning. The theoretical focus is on political competition in multi-party systems with coalition governments.

In the Varieties of Egalitarianism (VoE) project, Alexander Horn, Jonathan Klüser, and I are studying the political determinants of economic inequality. The project employs large-scale online crowdcoding to collect data on equality concepts of parties in ten OECD countries since 1980. These data will enable comparisons of equality concepts between parties, countries, and over time. We will further research whether and how differences in equality concepts affect political decisions and policy outcomes.

Current research

In joint work with Anita Bodlos, Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik, Christina Gahn, and Lena Huber, we study whether and how political elites respond to changes in the public issue agenda and if they use feedback on social media to adapt their campaigns. With Lisa Hirsch and Marcelo Jenny, we investigate perceptions of negative campaigning. In an interdisciplinary research project with Marcelo Jenny, Elena Rudkowsky, Michael Sedlmair, Mathias Wastian and Stefan Emrich, we use word embeddings for measuring negativity in parliamentary debates. Collaborative work with Sarah C. Dingler and Marcelo Jenny applies these data in a study on gender differences in the negativity of plenary speeches. Together with Thomas M. Meyer and Markus Wagner, we study which party campaign messages attract media coverage. In joint work with Alejandro Ecker and Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik, we are exploring Austrian asylum adjudications.