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Damien Bol

Lecturer in Political Behaviour

damien bolDepartment of Political Economy

Room S2.22
Strand Building
Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Office Hours: 

Wednesday: 11.00am-12.00pm
Thursday: 11.00am-12.00pm


Dr. Damien Bol joined the Department of Political Economy as a Lecturer in Political Behaviour in 2015. Prior to this, he studied and worked at University of Montreal (Canada) and Louvain (Belgium).


  • Statistics for Political Science 2
  • Elections and Voting Behaviour
  • Public Policy Internship


Dr Bol's research lies at the intersection of political behaviour and comparative politics. He uses experimental and quasi-experimental methods to study elections in established democracies. His research topics include voting behaviour, party strategies, electoral systems, citizen satisfaction with democracy.

Publications (a selection)

(Forthcoming) Which Matters Most: Party Strategic Exit or Voter Strategic Voting? A Laboratory ExperimentPolitical Science Research and Methods (with André Blais and Simon Labbé St-Vincent).

(Forthcoming) Votes for Women: Electoral Systems and Support for Female Candidates. Politics & Gender (Sona Golder, Laura Stephenson, Karine Van der Straeten, André Blais, Philipp Harfst, and Jean-François Laslier).

(Forthcoming) How to Survey About Electoral Turnout? The Efficacy of the Face-saving Response Items in Different ContextsPolitical Science Research and Methods (with Alexandre Morin-Chassé, Simon Labbé St-Vincent, and Laura Stephenson).

(Forthcoming) Ticket-splitting in Mixed-member Systems: On the Importance of Seat Linkage Between Electoral Tiers. West European Politics (with Pedro Riera).

(2016) Addressing Europe’s Democratic Deficit: An Experimental Evaluation of the Pan-European District ProposalEuropean Union Politics 17(4): 525-545 (with Philipp Harfst, André Blais, Sona Golder, Jean-François Laslier, Laura Stephenson, and Karine and der Straeten).

(2016) Still Lost in Translation: A Correction of three Misunderstandings between Configurational Comparativists and Regressional AnalystsComparative Political Studies49(6): 742-774 (with Alrik Thiem, Michael Baumgartner).

(2016) Electoral Reform, Values and Party Self-interestParty Politics 22(1): 93-104.

(2015) The EuroVotePlus Experiment. European Union Politics 16(4): 601-615 (with Jean-François Laslier, André Blais, Sona Golder, Philipp Harfst, Laura Stephenson, and Karine Van der Straeten).

(2015) The International Diffusion of Electoral Systems: The Spread of Mechanisms Tempering Proportional Representation across Europe. European Journal of Political Research 54(2): 384-410 (with Jean-Benoit Pilet, and Pedro Riera).

(2014) Satisfaction with Democracy in a Two Round System. French Politics 12(1): 22-35 (with Laurie, Beaudonnet, André Blais, Damien Bol, and Martial Foucault).

(2013) Confronting Theories Based on Necessary Relations: Making the Best of QCA Possibilities. Political Research Quarterly 66(1): 205-210 (with Francesca Luppi). 

(2013) From Niche to Mainstream Method? A Comprehensive Mapping of QCA Applications in Journal Articles from 1984 to 2011. Political Research Quarterly 66(1): 175-184 (with Benoît Rihoux, Priscilla Alamos-Concha, Axel Marx, and Ilona Rezsöhazy).

(2011) Party Preferences and Electoral Reform: How Time in Government Affects the Likelihood of Supporting a ChangeWest European Politics 34(3): 568-586 (with Jean-Benoit Pilet). 

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