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Tom Robinson

Mr Tom Robinson

Research topic:
Democracy, representation and campaign finance
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Government Elections Representation Constitutions, Institutions and Governments Institutions and organisations 

Academic Profile

I am a DPhil candidate in Politics at Wadham College and hold a joint ESRC Grand Union DTP and Wadham-Mr Michell RCUK graduate scholarship.

My research focusses on elections, representation, and campaign finance, as well as issues within experimental methodology. I am particularly interested in direct democratic policymaking in the United States.

Prior to starting the DPhil, I received my MPhil in Politics in 2018 and BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) in 2016, both from the University of Oxford.


DPIR Quantitative Methods Scholarship (2018) - scholarship and teaching assistantship for the Q-Step programme.

Richard E. Neustadt Prize (2017) - for the best paper in the field of US government and politics presented by a postgraduate student at the annual American Politics Group conference.


"Multi-modes for Detecting Experimental Measurement Error)". Political Analysis, Forthcoming. Co-authored with Raymond Duch, Denise Laroze, and Pablo Beramendi.

“Where will the British go? And why?”. Social Science Quarterly, 2019. Co-authored with Raymond Duch, Denise Laroze and Constantin Reinprecht.

Conference Papers and Presentations

Populism: Magnet or Deterrent (Under Review), co-authored with Raymond Duch, Denise Laroze and Constantin Reinprecht.

Knowledge or ignorance? Assessing the causal effects of disclosure on ballot decisions (Working Paper)

Direct democracy in representative systems: Understanding breakdowns in responsiveness through ballot initiative success (Working Paper)

Investigating Integrity: A Multi-Disciplinary Literature Review (Working Paper), co-authored with Lucinda Cadzow and Nikolas Kirby.