The Adoption and Survival of Democratic Innovations


While a growing literature analyzes the drivers of the adoption of democratic innovations, very little is known about their fragility and survival. One of the applications of the original dataset I have collected between 2008 and 2012 on Brazilian Participatory Budgeting is the investigation of the adoption and survival of this democratic innovation. Following Acemoglou et al. (2008) I employ both static models, investigating separately adoption and survival, and a joint dynamic panel data analysis, to test some of the hypotheses generated by the case study literature. In particular I attempt to operationalize and measure the widely used concept of 'political will'. Beyond the specific application to democratic innovations this paper contributes to the more general literature on policy diffusion by introducing a new methodology that can better map complex diffusion patterns with positive rate of abandonment.


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News 2024


[Phoenix update] We have finished the codesign of the pre/post surveys for the 11 Phoenix pilots


I got a bit of funding to redo the Brazilian PB Census


News 2023


[Phoenix update] Territorial Commissions of Codesigns are ongoing in 11 locations across Europe


I have got a bit of funding to assist the UK PB Network


We completed the Citizens' Assembly in Southampton


We did the first (at least I think it is the first) door knocking experiment applied to promote participation in a CA


In the fall I am on Sabbatical between Morocco, Italy and the UK


Demoplay project completed, we have a new version of EMPAVILLE!


Follow-up blog post in dialogic form with Kyle Redman in Deliberative Democracy Journal


Supporting Bologna CA evaluation coordination


The blog I wrote with Tiago Peixoto on Sortition and Representation has reached more than 5000 visualizations