MaryClare Roche, Ph.D. Candidate

maryclare.roche@rochester.edu

University of Rochester

Country: United States (New York)

About Me:

I am a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester.

Research Interests

African Politics

Formal Theory

Middle East & North African Politics

Representation and Electoral Systems

Elections, Election Administration, and Voting Behavior

Legislative Politics

Specific Areas of Interest

Democratization And Authoritarianism

Countries of Interest

Morocco

Ghana

Libya

My Research:

I study how democratic institutions in non-democratic facilitate cooperation or competition among opposition factions. Specifically, I look at legislative behavior. Using data scraped from Morocco's House of Representatives I estimate the ideological positions of political parties to determine whether there is in fact substantial differences in politcy preferences. I also look at how the ideological distance between parties affects their likelihood to co-sponsor legislation.My formal theoretic work looks at candidate motivation when running for office and legislative bargaining with uncertainty over ideal points. I continuously look for ways to relax institutional assumptions in order to more accurately model non-democratic regimes.