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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 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 establishing a comparative Political Party Database.   In 2014 she received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to support this multi-country collaboration to investigate the variation and impact of party organizational resources in 24 parliamentary and presidential democracies.   Her latest book, Beyond Party Members, will be published by Oxford University Press in late 2014. 


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.)