Pablo Fernandez-Vazquez

  • Assistant Professor

Pablo Fernandez-Vazquez is a scholar of comparative politics with a focus on political representation. He studies (1) whether election campaigns provide credible information about candidates and political parties and, (2) which institutional settings are most effective at deterring politicians from engaging in corruption. Methodologically, he designs survey experiments to estimate the effect of elite communication, uses text analysis to code political speeches, and applies regression discontinuity designs to understand the impact of institutional choices on accountability. With a geographic focus on Western Europe, his research has led him to also study other regions, particularly Latin America. His work has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Research and Methods, and Party Politics. He obtained a PhD in Political Science from New York University in 2014.

Courses Taught

The Political Economy of Democracy
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods

Education & Training

  • PhD, New York University, Department of Politics, 2014

Representative Publications

The Credibility of Party Policy Rhetoric: Survey Experimental Evidence. Journal of Politics. Forthcoming.

Voter Discounting of Party Campaign Manifestos. An Analysis of Mainstream and Niche Parties in Western Europe, 1971-2011. Party Politics. Forthcoming.

The Informational Role of Party Leader Changes on Voter Perceptions of Party Positions. British Journal of Political Science. Forthcoming. With Zeynep Somer- Topcu (UT Austin).

Rooting Out Corruption or Rooting For Corruption? The Heterogeneous Electoral Consequences of Scandals. Political Science Research and Methods 4(2) 379-397, 2015. With Pablo Barberá (USC) and Gonzalo Rivero (Westat).

And Yet it Moves: The Effect of Election Platforms on Party Policy Images. Comparative Political Studies 47(14): 1919-1944, 2014.

Research Interests

Comparative Politics
Political Corruption
Campaigns and Elections


Area of Study