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Professor Nicole Bolleyer

(PhD 2007, European University Institute, Florence)


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Telephone: 01392 722051

Professor of Comparative Politics

Nicole studied at the University of Mannheim (Germany) and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore (USA) and received her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Her dissertation on intergovernmental relations in federal systems was published by Oxford University Press in 2009. Her second monograph 'New Parties in Old Party Systems' (also OUP) came out in 2013.

Nicole's research interests include institutional and organizational theory, party politics, the study of voluntary organizations, comparative federalism and multilevel governance as well as theories of legitimacy. Nicole has been involved in various research projects. She ran - together with Kris Deschouwer (VUB) - a four-year project on 'The Persistence and Decline of New Parties in Advanced Democracies' funded by the Flemish Science Foundation and was the scientist in charge of a two-year EU Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (IEF) titled ‘Unstable Party Supply in Established and New Democracies’ (2014-15). She recently completed a BA/Leverhulme-funded grant on 'Democratic Self-Defence Before and After 9/11' that she has run together with Anika Gauja (University of Sydney).

Currently, Nicole directs a five-year research project on Regulating Civil Society: A Comparative Study of Parties, Interest Groups and Welfare-Providing Organisations funded by the European Research Council, which underpins her third monograph 'Civil Society and the State' (under contract with Oxford University Press). She also supervises a range of PhD students and is happy to discuss PhD projects in the area of comparative politics broadly conceived with prospective students (see for details the research page).

Nicole is the Director of the Centre for Elections, Media and Participation (CEMaP).