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Susan E.Scarrow


Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
PGH 416

Research Interests

European politics
Comparative politics
Comparative parties

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Biographical Summary

Susan Scarrow holds a Moores University Professorship in the Department of Political Science. Her teaching and scholarship focus on representation and political participation in parliamentary democracies, including political party development, comparative political finance, and the spread of direct democracy. She co-leads the multi-national Political Party Database, an NSF-funded endeavor which currently encompasses over 240 parties and over 40 countries.  She co-edited Organizing Political Parties: Representation, Participation and Power, a book presenting the first analyses of this project (Oxford University Press 2017).


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

Selected Publications

“The consequences of membership incentives: Do greater political benefits attract different kinds of members?” Susan Achury, Susan Scarrow et al. Party Politics, on-line first 2018

"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, 2017.

Beyond Party Members, Oxford University Press, 2015.

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

"Political Finance in comparative perspectiveAnnual Review of Political Science, 2007