Despina Alexiadou European University Institute, 2005
I joined the department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2008 after having spent time at the University of Warwick, England, as an ESRC postdoctoral fellow. I received my PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in December 2005.
The questions that drive my research are centered on the intersection of politics and economics. Why do some governments follow more restrictive monetary policies than others? What is the role of political parties and of politicians over time in economic policy? What types of government are more suitable for welfare state reforms? These questions, which are important for our understanding of how democracies work, have been asked and debated by political economists without much consensus. I approach these questions in a novel way, by bringing together literatures that have been so far disconnected. To answer the question of monetary policy choices I utilize insights from the literature of macroeconomic management and of welfare state development. To answer the question on the role of political parties and politicians on economic policies I utilize insights from the literature of political parties, government formation and economic governance. .
My book project investigates the role of individual politicians and specifically of cabinet ministers in policy decision-making. . I argue that ministers do not necessarily represent their political parties but their policy priority and loyalty can lie elsewhere: specifically to an ideology, interest groups or themselves. Along these lines I provide a typology of ministers, which predicts different policy outcomes.
Areas of Expertise
Comparative political economy, comparative political systems, European politics, political party systems, international political economy, quantitative methods, applied formal theory
Alexiadou, Despina, "In Search of Successful Reform: The Politics of Opposition and Consensus in OECD Parliamentary Democracies", West European Politics, forthcoming [LINK]
Alexiadou, Despina. 2011. "Political Economy."In International Encyclopedia of Political Science, eds Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser and Leonardo Morlino. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1980-1986
PS 0300 Comparative Politics
PS 2384 European Comparative Political Economy
PS 1311 Western European Politics and Government
PS 1381 Public Policy in a Comparative Perspective
PS 1381 Comparative Welfare States
Old and New Guard of Social Democrats and Employment Policy, Boston, CES 2012
Why and When ministers matter, Seattle, APSA 2011
Ministerial appointments and policy efficacy in a global economy, Dublin, EPSA 2011
Partisan ministers versus partisan cabinets, Montreal, CES 2010
Electoral institutions and political trust on globalization attitudes, Potsdam, ECPR 2009
Financing the welfare state: employers' contributions in minority and majority cabinets, Rennes, ECPR 2008