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Rubén Ruiz-Rufino

Lecturer in Comparative Politics


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Department of Political Economy
Room S2.05
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London WC2R 2LS

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Dr Rubén Ruiz-Rufino is Lecturer of Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Economy. His research deals with measuring the functioning of political institutions and the effect of political representation in regime stability and political accountability. Rubén holds a Ph.D. from the Juan March Institute and an M.Sc. in Social and Political Theory from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining the department, he held several postdoctoral positions. Between 2007 and 2008, he was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence; from 2008 to 2011 he was a Juan de la Cierva Fellow at the Institute of Politics and Public Goods (IPP-CSIC) in Madrid, and from 2011 to 2013 he was a García Pelayo Fellow at the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies (CEPC) also in Madrid.


Rubén’s research focuses on various issues related to political representation. One part of his research deals with exploring indicators to measure the performance of electoral systems. In this regard, Rubén is interested in developing new ways to summarize the transformation of votes into seats focusing only on institutional components of electoral systems. Another significant part of his research investigates empirical questions related to electoral fraud, ethnic conflict and regime stability. Here, Rubén focuses on non-industrialized and young democracies as well as authoritarian regimes where some level of political competition is allowed. Understanding why some ethnic minorities are more likely to revolt against the state, the conditions that explain electoral misconduct or issues related to democratization are included in his research agenda. This research agenda is conducted analysing large datasets using different quantitative techniques.

Selected publications

2013 - “Satisfaction with Democracy in Multi-ethnic Countries - The Effect of Representative Political Institutions on Ethnic Minorities” Political Studies 61 (1)

2011- “Characterizing electoral systems. An empirical application of aggregated threshold functions” West European Politics 34(2) 256-281

2008 - “The parliamentary election in Armenia, May 2007” Electoral Studies, 27 (2) 369-372

2007- “Aggregated threshold functions or how to measure the performance of an electoral system”. Electoral Studies, 26 (2) 492-502

2007 - “Exploring political representation and ethnic conflict in new democracies” (with Sonia Alonso). European Journal of Political Research, 46(2) 237-267

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