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Durham University

Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour

Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour

The Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour (CIPB) brings together scholars who share an interest in advancing our understanding of political phenomena through systematic empirical research. Members of the group study the origins and consequences of institutions on political outcomes, as well as the question of what drives the individual choices of elites and citizens. Our research employs a wide variety of methodological approaches, ranging from survey data techniques to experimental and quasi-experimental designs and draws on a vast scope of geographic expertise.

The objective of the CIPB is to advance and disseminate knowledge through external speaker events, research-development workshops, seminars, conferences, and PhD training sessions. The group provides an environment where academic staff, students, and practitioners can exchange research ideas, produce high quality research, and discuss ways in which research findings can be translated into practical policies.

Centre Highlights

2019 Research Highlights
  • Cohen, Gidon and Sara Cohen. "Depolarization, Repolarization and Redistributive Ideological Change in Britain, 1983-2016", forthcoming, British Journal of Political Science
  • Visalvanich, Neil and Hans. J. G. Hassel. "The Party’s Primary Preferences: Race, Gender, and Party Support of Congressional Primary Candidates ", forthcoming, American Journal of Political Science
  • Morgan-Collins, Mona. "The Electoral Impact of Newly Enfranchised Groups: The Case of Women's Suffrage in the United States", forthcoming, Journal of Politics
  • Hanretty, Chris, Benjamin Lauderdale, Nick Vyvian. "A Choice-Based Measure of Issue Importance in the Electorate," forthcoming in American Journal of Political Science.
  • Kavakli, Kerim Can and Patrick M. Kuhn. "Dangerous Contenders: Election Monitors, Islamist Parties, and Terrorism", forthcoming, International Organization.
  • Campbell, Rosie, Phil Cowley, Nick Vyvian and Markus Wagner. "Legislator Dissent as a Valence Signal", British Journal of Political Science, 49(1).
  • Campbell, Rosie, Phil Cowley, Nick Vivyan and Markus Wagner. "Why Friends and Neighbors? Explaining the electoral appeal of local roots", Journal of Politics, 81(3).

Contact Details

Centre for Institutions and Political Behaviour
Al-Qasimi Building
Elvet Hill Road

Director: Dr. Gidon Cohen