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. My secondary geographic interest lies in Western Europe and, in particular, in French politics.

I currently work as Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. I am also an associate researcher at the Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée (CEE), Sciences Po, Paris.

I obtained a PhD in political science from Sciences Po, Paris in 2015. André Blais, Jean-Yves Dormagen, Mark Franklin, Hans-Dieter Klingemann, Nonna Mayer (my PhD supervisor) and Milada Vachudova served on my dissertation commitee. My PhD dissertation on voter turnout in post-communist democracies 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 (2016-2017), I coordinated the Making Electoral Democracy Work (MEDW) project under the lead of André Blais. Finally, before joining Essex, I spent over a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (IPERG), University of Barcelona, where I worked on the Birth of Party Democracy Project in the team of Carles Boix.

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