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Professor Susan Banducci

Research Interests

In general, my research focuses on inequalities in political participation, bringing together individual and institutional explanations for inequalities into multi-level analyses using large-scale cross-national surveys that. These inequalities in political engagement and participation include differences between men and women, minorities and non-minorities as well as how events over the lifecycle can contribute to inequalities. One question that motivates this research, and has significant policy implications, is which electoral rules, political institutions or policies are best at reducing political inequalities. In particular, a number of findings in my research suggest that electoral reforms meant to make participation more meaningful are better at reducing inequalities in diverse societies while reforms aimed at making participation less costly exacerbate these inequalities. Another motivating question is how the news media contribute to or ameliorate inequalities in turnout and political engagement. This latter question has motivated my most recent research. My recent publications appear in top disciplinary (British Journal of Political Science) and interdisciplinary journals (Public Opinion Quaterly).



Research Supervision

Professor Banducci supervises students in the area of elections, media and political communication including the uses of social media and new forms of data. Current students are working on elections and representation, gender and political psychology. 

Research Students

Current Students:

Laszlo Horvath

Raluca Popp


Past Students:

Rebecca Tidy - The Impact of Internet Tools upon Volunteer Mobilisation and Party Membership

Siim Trumm, SL at Nottingham, - Roll Call Votes in the European Parliament 

Kathrin Thomas, City University London,  - Institutions and Policy Responsiveness

Maarja Luhiste, Lecturer at Newastle - - Gender, Media and Electoral Success

Marc Herzog - Turkey, Muslim Parties and Development (completed 2011)

Sinem Ayangolu - Media Effects in Developing Democracies