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 of the 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 of the 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, political campaigning, African party politics, 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 the dynamics of party politics 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 Senior Lecturer in European Politics and POLSIS Postgraduate Research Director. He has written widely on populism in comparative perspective and Italian politics, his most recent book being Populists in Power (Routledge, 2015) written with Duncan McDonnell. Daniele is currently working on party organisation and populism in Western Europe.

Dr David Bailey is Senior Lecturer in Politics. David researches the political economy of left parties and protest movements and the European context.

Dr Karin Bottom is Lecturer in British Politics and Public Policy. Karin researches directly elected mayors, the cartel party model, depoliticization, and the role and relevance of small parties.

Professor Nic Cheeseman is Professor of Democracy and International Development. Nic researches many aspects of African politics, including party politics. Among his recent publications in How to Rig an Election (Yale University Press, 2018).

Professor David Cutts is Professor of Political Science. Dave researches many aspects of voting behaviour and campaigning, particularly in UK elections. He is beginning work with Tim Haughton on a project examining election campaigning in Central and Eastern Europe.   

Dr Tim Haughton is Reader in European Politics. Tim is writing a book with Kevin Deegan-Krause examining the patterns of party politics across Central and Eastern Europe. He is also embarking on a project with David Cutts on election campaigning in Central and Eastern Europe.   

Dr Peter Kerr is Senior Lecturer in Politics. Pete’s research encompassing many themes in British politics, including a focus on party politics.

Dr George Kyris is Lecturer in International and European Politics. George has researched and published on the impact of the European Union on domestic affairs, including institutions, civil society and political parties. He has also researched the interplay between public opinion and party competition.

Dr Natascha Neudorfer is a political scientist. Natascha researches the causes of corruption.

Dr David White is Lecturer in Political Science. Dave’s 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. 

Dr Matthew Whiting in Lecturer in Comparative Politics. Matthew researches why some non-state armed groups transform into political parties.   

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.

We are planning a number of events for the 2018-19 academic year including a large conference on political campaigning. 

Previous activities of the group include:

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 Kenyan election with Nic Cheeseman (8 November) 

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
Dr Karin BottomLecturer British Politics and Public Policy
Director of Teaching and Learning
Institute of Local Government Studiesk.a.bottom@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 4972
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 PoliticsDepartment 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 Natascha S. NeudorferBirmingham FellowDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesn.neudorfer@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 7490
Dr David WhiteLecturer in Political ScienceCentre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studiesd.j.white.1@bham.ac.uk+44 (0)121 414 8237
Dr Matthew WhitingLecturer in Comparative PoliticsDepartment of Political Science and International Studiesm.whiting.1@bham.ac.uk

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.