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Dr Lee Savage

Lee SavageLecturer in European Politics

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 7189

Department of European & International Studies
King's College London
Room 4.29 Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE



Lee gained his PhD from the University of Essex in 2008. His graduate study was fully funded by the ESRC and was completed under the supervision of Professor Frances Millard along with co-supervisors Professor Hugh Ward and Dr Elinor Scarborough. After completing his PhD, Lee worked for several organisations in the policy sector and also completed a number of policy evaluations for central government and other public bodies. In 2011-12 Lee joined the University of Sussex as an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow where he undertook further research into government formation and duration and began work on a monograph. He has also taught European Politics at the University of Essex in 2003-04.

Further details including data and online appendices to his articles can be found on Lee’s personal website.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Government formation and duration
  • Political parties and party systems
  • The politics of wage and income inequality
  • Central and East European politics
  • Electoral behaviour

Lee would be interested in supervising students working on coalition formation, party system dynamics, wage or income inequality,  or electoral behaviour in comparative perspective. He would also be interested in working with students that intend to focus on politics in Central and Eastern European countries and those working with quantitative research methods.

For more details, please see Lee's full research profile.

Selected publications
  • (2016) Party system institutionalization and government formation in new democracies, World Politics, Vol. 68, No. 3
  • (2014) Who gets in? Ideology and government membership in Central and Eastern Europe, Party Politics, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp 547-562
  • (2013) Party system polarization and government duration in Central and Eastern Europe, West European Politics, Vol. 36, No. 5, pp 1029-1051, DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2013.797239
  • (2013) Identifying key players in the government formation process: Strong and dominant parties in Central and Eastern Europe, East European Politics, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp 1-18, DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2012.741596

For a complete list of publications, please see Lee's full research profile.


Lee teaches a number of modules that focus on comparative politics and comparative public policy. 

Expertise and public engagement
Lee's work has been covered in various media outlets including the Financial Timesand the Observer and Pravda (Slovakia). He has provided advice to civil servants in theOffice of the Deputy Prime Ministeron measurement of intragenerational social mobility, and recently contributed to a special issue of Political Studies Reviewwhich debates the social relevance and impact of political science research.
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