Parties, Voters and Elections Research Group

The Parties, Voters and Elections research group at the University of Birmingham is based in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, but welcomes colleagues and students from all departments, centres and institutes University who have research interests in political parties, party systems and elections.

About us

The Parties, Voters and Elections research group at the University of Birmingham is based in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, but welcomes colleagues and students from all departments, centres and institutes University who have research interests in political parties, party systems and elections.

In addition to a parties reading group which has been running for a number of years and which meets monthly during term time to discuss a recently published article or book, we organize a number of special events.

We are an inclusive group. Although the main focus of many members of the group is European politics, we welcome members with any geographical area of expertise and interest. Moreover, all scholars of political parties whether they use quantitative, qualitative or a mixture of methodological approaches are very welcome to join us.

Members of the Parties, Voters and Elections Research Group are working on a number of projects at the moment covering topics such as depoliticization, small parties, populist parties, party membership, national political parties and the challenges of European integration, parties and the Eurozone crisis, opposition parties in non-democratic systems, the evolution of the British party system, and similarities and differences in the development of party systems in Central and Eastern Europe.


Here is a flavour of some of the exciting research being conducted by members of the research group.

Dr Daniele Albertazzi is a Senior Lecturer in European Politics. The major strand of his work has focused on populism in Western Europe, but he has also published on Italian and Swiss politics. His monograph Populists in Power, co-written with Duncan McDonnell, was published by Routledge in February 2015. Daniele is working on a new monograph on the Italian party the Lega Nord (The Northern league) and planning a new comparative project which will analyse what members of populist parties gain from their activism and what they, in turn, give to their parties. In recent years, Daniele has developed a strong interest into what motivates party members and makes them volunteer their time (and sometimes resources) to a political organisation. Daniele’s research is mainly qualitative, based on individual and group interviews, textual analysis and questionnaires.

Dr Tim Haughton is Reader in European Politics. He is a member of POLSIS and the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES). Much of his published research has focused on the party politics of Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, but his current research projects have a broader geographical canvas. He is writing a book with Kevin Deegan-Krause (Wayne State University) examining the patterns of party politics across Central and Eastern Europe, in particular explaining why some party systems are more stable than others and why some parties are ‘perennials’, but others ‘live fast and die young’. In addition, with Kevin and Fernando Casal Bertoa (Nottingham University) he is examining how best to assess electoral volatility and is developing new measures of party system change. His longer-term aims are to examine the role of political marketing and campaigns in determining election outcomes.   

Dr George Kyris is Lecturer in International and European Politics in POLSIS. He has researched and published on the impact of the European Union on domestic affairs, including institutions, civil society and political parties. More recently he has been interested in the politics of the Eurozone crisis and, in particular, the interplay between public opinion and party competition.

Dr David White is a lecturer in political science and is a member of POLSIS and the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies. His main research focuses on political opposition and street protest in Russia but he has a broader research interest in political parties and party systems, particularly in the former Soviet Union.  In 2006 he published a monograph, The Russian Democratic Party Yabloko: Opposition in a Managed Democracy, a detailed study of the liberal Yabloko party based on extensive fieldwork. In 2012 he guest-edited a special edition of the journal, East European Politics on Russian Party Politics, also contributing an article, ‘Reconceptualising Russian party politics’.

For further information about the Parties, Voters and Elections research group, please contact Dr Tim Haughton (t.j.haughton@bham.ac.uk).

Activities

Our research group holds regular reading group meetings where we discuss each other’s work or already published articles selected by one of our group members. For more information about our reading group, please contact Dr Tim Haughton.

Actions and Reactions - On the dynamics of competition between populist challengers and mainstream parties in Europe today (22 and 23 Janurary 2018)
A Workshop co-organised by the PSA’s Italian Politics Specialist Group, the Department of Political Science and international Studies of the University of Birmingham, and the Department of Politics and International Relations at Aston University, with presentations by several international experts.

Seminar on the Japanese elections (25 October 2017)
Julie Gilson examined the Japanese elections in this special seminar. 

Party Change and Party Development in Europe and Beyond (31 May 2017)
Chair: Tim Haughton and Daniele Albertazzi (POLSIS). Speakers: Various from POLSIS. External Speaker: Professor Reinhard Heinisch (University of Salzburg)

Political Parties Expert Delivers Seminar on Radical Right-Wing Political Parties (25 January 2017)
Speaker: Professor Sarah de Lange

Organizing Representation: Political Parties, Participation, and Power (24 November 2016)
Speakers: Susan Scarrow (University of Houston). Discussant: Isabelle Hertner (Kings College London). Chair: Tim Haughton (POLSIS).

Experts Examine Political Parties in Europe (24 May 2016)
The POLSIS Parties, Voters and Elections Research Group held a seminar with Distinguished External Speakers to discuss political parties in contemporary Europe. In addition, to presentations from members of the group we were joined by Paul Webb (Sussex) who discussed 'The Activism of Party Members and Supporters in Britain', Catherine de Vries (Oxford) who presented ‘Challenger Parties: A Conceptual Note’ and Sofia Vasilopoulou (York) whose paper was entitled 'Fear, anger and enthusiasm about the EU: Effects of emotional reactions on public preferences towards European integration’.

Members

Convenors:

Academic members:

NameJob titleSchool or DepartmentEmailTelephone
Dr Daniele AlbertazziSenior Lecturer in European Politics and Postgraduate Research DirectorDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesd.albertazzi@bham.ac.uk+44(0)121 414 6274
Dr David BaileySenior LecturerDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesd.j.bailey@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 2991
Professor Nic CheesemanProfessor of Democracy and International DevelopmentInternational Development Departmentn.cheeseman@bham.ac.uk
Professor David CuttsProfessor of Political ScienceDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesd.cutts@bham.ac.uk
Dr Tim HaughtonReader in European Politics
Head of the Department of Political Science and International Studies
Department of Political Science and International Studiest.j.haughton@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 6360
Dr Peter KerrSenior Lecturer in PoliticsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesp.kerr@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 7745
Dr George KyrisLecturer in International and European Politics
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
Department of Political Science and International Studiesg.kyris@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 415 8616
Dr David WhiteLecturer in Political ScienceCentre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studiesd.j.white.1@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 8237

PhD doctoral researchers:

More PhD doctoral researcher profiles across the School of Government and Society.

For further information about the Parties, Voters and Elections research group, please contact Dr Tim Haughton (t.j.haughton@bham.ac.uk).

Parties Voters and Elections research group is part of the Department of Political Science and International Studies.