Despina Alexiadou


  • United Kingdom

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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: or my research page on the research gate portal:

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

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Research Output 2012 2019

  • 5 Article
  • 2 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
  • 1 Book
1 Citation (Scopus)

Commitment or expertise? Technocratic appointments as political responses to economic crises

Alexiadou, D. & Gunaydin, H., 30 Aug 2019, In : European Journal of Political Research. 58, 3, p. 845-865 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

economic crisis
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Platforms, portfolios, policy: how audience costs affect social welfare policy in multiparty cabinets

Alexiadou, D. & Hoepfner, D., 31 Jul 2019, In : Political Science Research and Methods. 7, 3, p. 393-409 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
social welfare
social policy
cost theory