Despina Alexiadou


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and received my PhD from the European University Institute. Before moving to Glasgow, I was an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh, an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Warwick and a visiting professor at Duke University.

My research explores the process of policy-making in democracies.  In my book "Ideologues, Partisans and Loyalists" (Oxford University Press 2016), I argue that politicians' own ideology and political clout matter for policy. In some of my current projects I investigate the relationship between political and economic inequality, the professionalization of politics, policy coordination and energy and health inequalities.

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Teaching Interests

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). 

Education/Academic qualification

European University Institute

Award Date: 12 Dec 2005

External positions

Senior Fellow at the Cluster of Excellence for the Politics of Inequality, University of Konstanz

1 Oct 202030 Nov 2020


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