The Institutions and Political Economy Research Group is hiring senior and postdoctoral fellows for 2020/21

The Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (IPERG) at the UB School of Barcelona is hiring a senior research fellow for the 2020-21 academic year. The research centre is also hiring two postdoctoral fellows on Comparative Politics. Led by Prof Carles Boix, IPERG supports empirical research on democratic politics, electoral behaviour, party systems and electoral institutions, mainly with the financial support of the European Research Council (ERC).

The senior fellow will pursue research and contribute to the intellectual life of the research group. Applications are welcome from political scientists and scholars in related social science disciplines at any career stage with a PhD completed before September 30th, 2017. He or she will be expected to participate in the IPERG seminars, as well as occasional lectures, conferences and other events. The position will involve neither teaching nor administrative obligations.  For full consideration, candidates need to apply by April 1st, 2020. 

The postdoctoral positions are linked to an ERC-financed five-year research project on a cross-national historical comparison of electoral systems, electoral behaviour and party systems in advanced democracies. The research group is looking for young political scientists, historians, sociologists or economists – preferably with strong quantitative skills. The candidates must be in possession of a PhD by September 1st, 2020. The position will have a duration of one year. For full consideration, applications should be submitted before March 15th, 2020. However, applications will continue to be reviewed until the positions are filled.

The research program The Birth of Party Democracy. The Emergence of Mass Parties and the Choice of Electoral Laws in Europe and North America (1870-1940) is focused on the emergence of mass parties, the choice of electoral institutions and the final crystallisation of different party systems in Europe and North America during the transition to mass democracy (1850-1940). The project combines innovative statistical, historical and geocoding techniques to explain the formation of diverse party systems as the outcome of political choices made at particular critical junctures that involved the creation of nonsocialist and socialist parties, the mobilisation of their corresponding electorates and the strategic response of political elites.

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