Susan E.Scarrow

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PGH 416

Research Interests

European politics
Comparative politics
Comparative parties

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Biographical Summary

Susan Scarrow 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. Her current projects include the establishment of a comparative Poliitcal Party Database. She is also completing a book for Oxford University Press on the evolution of party membership in parliamentary democracy.

Professor Scarrow is the author of Perspectives on Political Parties: Classic Readings(Palgrave 2002) and Parties and their Members (Oxford University Press 1996), and is co-editor (along with Bruce Cain and Russell Dalton) of Democracy Transformed?(Oxford University Press 2003). Her articles have appeared in such journals as Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Party Politics and The European Journal of Political Research. Scarrow serves on the editorial boards of German Politics, Germany Politics and Society, Party Politics and West European Politics.


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

Selected Publications

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

"Who Gives? Partisan donations in Europe" West European Politics, 34, Sept. 2011 with Aldo Ponce

"Assessing the impact of candidate selection rules: Britain in the 1990sJournal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 2010. 20:311-33 with Anna Mikulska.

"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.)