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Susan E.Scarrow


Professor and Chair
PGH 416

Research Interests

European politics
Comparative politics
Comparative parties

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Biographical Summary

Susan Scarrow is the Moores Professor of Political Science and is the Chair of the Department of Political Science. Her teaching and scholarship focus primarily on issues of representation and political participation in parliamentary democracies, including political party development, comparative political finance, and the spread of direct democracy. She is co-leading a multi-national effort to establish a comparative Political Party Database, a project for which she has received funding from the National Science Foundation.  She is co-editor of, and contributor to, Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation and Power, a book presenting the first analyses of this data, forthcoming with Oxford University Press in spring 2017.


Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Yale University
B.A., Oberlin College

Selected Publications

"Party rules, party resources and the politics of parliamentary democracies: How parties organize in the 21st century," Thomas Poguntke, Susan E. Scarrow, Paul D. Webb et al.  Party Politics  Forthcoming January 2017.

Beyond Party Members, Oxford University Press, 2015.

"The German grand coalition of 2005-09 and party system change: Catalyst of continuity?" Electoral studies. March 2012. 31:60-71

"Declining memberships, changing members? European political party members in a new era" Party Politics, 2010. 16:823-43 with Burcu Gezgor

"Political Finance in comparative perspective" Annual Review of Political Science. 2007 (Partially reprinted in translation in Argent et Politique, ed Eric Phelippeau. 2011. paris: Direction de l'information légale et administrative.)