I am Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo. I completed my Ph.D in Political Science at the University of Vienna (Austria) in October 2012, under Sylvia Kritzinger's supervision. My research focuses on political behavior - both voter and elite level. I work on my substantive questions of interest using data, doing quantitative research, and I have developed a strong interest in and preoccupation for statistics.
The ability to hold an MP accountable for his or her actions is one of the cornerstones of modern representative democracy. Voters can be informed about their MPs when they, or their party, take a position on an issue, i.e. cast a vote. While it is important for MPs to send signals to both their constituents about their voting record and to their party about their willingness to support the party, a large number of MPs remain absent from votes. We argue that these absences, as an important part of the MP's toolbox, are a function of electoral, political, and institutional constraints that factor into the MP's cost-benefit analysis when deciding about parliamentary activity. Jointly incorporating these different constraints into our empirical model, we analyze the absence probability of MPs in the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2015. First, we show that when political constraints are present but electoral ones are lacking, there is a limited possibility of assuring presence and voting, even for important close votes. Second, we find that beyond voting, absence behavior also fits within the strategic opposition framework in parliamentary settings.