Filip Kostelka – About

filip_kostelkaPolitical scientist by training, I am interested in political behaviour, party systems, and democratisation.

In geographic terms, I mainly focus on post-communist democracies, which I compare with older democratic polities in the West, or more recent democracies in other regions.

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (IPERG), University of Barcelona, where I work on the Birth of Party Democracy Project in the team of Carles Boix. I am also an associate researcher at the Centre d’études européennes (CEE), Sciences Po, Paris.

I obtained a PhD in political science from Sciences Po, Paris in 2015. André Blais, Jean-Yves Dormagen, Mark Franklin, Nonna Mayer (my PhD supervisor) and Milada Vachudova served on my dissertation commitee. My PhD dissertation won the biannual Mattei Dogan Award for best dissertation in comparative politics, conferred by the French Political Science Association (AFSP). It was transformed into several peer-reviewed publications including the research article “Does Democratic Consolidation Lead to a Decline in Voter Turnout? Global Evidence Since 1939”, published in the American Political Science Review.

I held pre-doctoral teaching and research positions at Sciences Po, Paris and College of Europe, Bruges. As a postdoctoral fellow, I worked at the Research Chair in Electoral Studies, University of Montreal and was a member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC), Québec. I was involved in the 2014 wave of the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES) and, for two years, I coordinated the Making Electoral Democracy Work (MEDW) project under the lead of André Blais.

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