Federica Izzo

Federica Izzo

PhD Candidate

Department of Government

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Thesis: 'Formal Models of Party Competition: Ideology and Experimentation'

When voters face uncertainty over the optimal choice, the outcome of today’s policy making influences their future beliefs. Politicians must solve a trade-off between taking their preferred action today, and revealing the optimal amount of information to maximise their future electoral prospects. By analysing this trade-off, I show that parties may sacrifice immediate electoral success to obtain a better policy tomorrow. Additionally, a minority faction may be willing to damage its own party in order to solve an ideological conflict with the leadership. Finally, I highlight a perverse consequence of electoral competition: only the worst candidates are willing to run for office in times of crisis.

Research interests

  • Political Economy
  • Political Parties
  • Elections
  • Ideology
  • Experimentation

Selected publications

Working papers:

  • Ideology for the Future
  • With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies?
  • Do We Get the Best Candidates When We Need Them the Most?
  • Fearon’s Critique for Empirical Research (with Stephane Wolton and Torun Dewan)

Teaching record

  • GV225: Public Choice and Politics
  • EC260: Political Economy of Public Policy
  • GV4J1E: Public Policy in Practice
  • Maths and Stats Refresher Course