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 personal webpage: https://alexiadou.com/ or my research page on the research gate portal: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Despina_Alexiadou


Technocrats in cabinets and their policy effects
Alexiadou Despina
The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy (2020) (2020)
Commitment or expertise? Technocratic appointments as political responses to economic crises
Alexiadou Despina, Gunaydin Hakan
European Journal of Political Research Vol 58, pp. 845-865 (2019)
Platforms, portfolios, policy : how audience costs affect social welfare policy in multiparty cabinets
Alexiadou Despina, Hoepfner Danial
Political Science Research and Methods Vol 7, pp. 393-409 (2019)
Technocratic government and economic policy
Alexiadou Despina
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics (2018) (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)

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I have taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative politics, comparative political economy and public policy, comparative welfare states, and time-series cross section data analysis. At Strathclyde, I am teaching an entry level course on comparative politics (L2108: Politics: Decisionmaking and Outcomes) and a third year course on the theoretical foundations of economic policy in industrialised democracies (L2343: Philosophy of Economic Policy).