Qixuan Yang

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Ph.D Student

Broadly speaking, I am interested in topics related to democratic backsliding with respect to legislative activities. Parliaments are perhaps the most important institution representing society’s interest in a democracy. They not only represent voters’ preferences but also have an impact on social norms. In my research, I explore the behavioral strategies of German legislators beyond representation. Specifically, I look at how they compete or coordinate with each other in plenary debates that could undermine democratic norms: Adversarial interruptions, debate rule subversion, etc. I try to map the strategic incentives of such behavior and gauge its impact on voters in terms of their perception of democracy, liberalism, and the extent of freedom of speech.

Political Science
Fields of Interest: 
Politcal Economy, Democratic Backsliding, Germany