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Cory Belden

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My research involves extending and testing theories of political institutions and elite behavior to policy-making and policy adoption. I’m principally interested in explaining why and in what manner legislators and executives take initiative on policy problems concerning climate change, the environment, and service provision, as well as how their initiatives do or do not become policy. In most of my work, I exploit the timing and content of legislative activities (e.g., policy proposals, parliamentary questions, committee hearings), text as data, and spatial measures to carry out analyses. My research is cross-regional comparative, with a particular interest in Mediterranean climate zones. Alongside the explicit policy-oriented research, I also investigate the implicit side of policy inputs, including what determines characteristics of parties and party systems (e.g., the number of parties, party ideology) and how best to measure these characteristics.