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Dr Despina Alexiadou

Strathclyde Chancellor'S Fellow


Personal statement

I joined the school of Government and Public Policy at Strathclyde on May 2017. Previously I held posts at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Warwick and Duke.

My research is synthetic and problem driven. It spans comparative political systems, political parties, executives, ministerial careers, comparative and international political economy and the politics of welfare state reform. I explore and theorise the process of policy-making in parliamentary democracies. Some of the questions I address in my work are: Do individual politicians make a difference for policy? Do parties’ electoral promises shape policy in multiparty cabinets? Why are some countries better able to reform their pension and tax system than others? To read my work visit my page on research gate:


Platforms, portfolios, policy : how audience costs affect social welfare policy in multiparty cabinets
Alexiadou Despina , Hoepfner Danial
Political Science Research and Methods, (2018)
Ideologues, Partisans and Loyalists : Ministers and Policymaking in Parliamentary Cabinets
Alexiadou Despina
Ideologues, partisans and loyalists : cabinet ministers and social welfare reform in parliamentary democracies
Alexiadou Despina
Comparative Political Studies Vol 48, pp. 1051-1086, (2015)
In search of successful reform : the politics of opposition and consensus in OECD parliamentary democracies
Alexiadou Despina
West European Politics Vol 36, pp. 704-725, (2013)
Finding political capital for monetary tightening : unemployment insurance and monetary cycles
Alexiadou Despina
European Journal of Political Research Vol 51, pp. 809-836, (2012)

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