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Dr Damien  Bol
Dr. Damien Bol

Dr Damien Bol

  • Academics
  • Supervisors

Reader in Political Behaviour

Research subject areas

  • Politics

Contact details


Damien (he/him/his) joined the Department of Political Economy in 2015. Prior to this, he studied and worked at the Université de Montréal (Canada) and UCLouvain (Belgium). He also held visiting positions at the Paris School of Economics (France) and the European University Institute (Italy).

He is currently the Director of the Quantitative Political Economy Research Group.

Office hours

Wednesday: 10.30 - 11.30 (in office, Bush House North East Wing 9.14)

Thursday: 10.30-11.30 (in office, Bush House North East Wing 9.14)

There is no need to book a time slot in advance. Students can just walk in during office hours. In case there are several students at the same time, Damien will take them on a first-come, first-served basis.


In his research, Damien uses experiments (in the lab and on the field) and surveys to try to understand people's experience of representative democracy across countries and political systems. He studies elections, voters, and parties with a specific focus on how political institutions like electoral systems shape the behaviour of individual actors and how these actors form a preference for these institutions in return.

More details about Damien’s research can be found on his website


PhD supervision

Damien will consider supervising students who want to use quantitative methods, especially experiments and surveys, to study elections, voters and parties, particularly with a comparative perspective. 

Latest publications

  • Damien Bol, and Ria Ivandic (2022). Does the Number of Candidates Increase Turnout? Causal Evidence From Two-Round Elections. Political Behavior. 44(4): 2005-2026.
  • Jean-Benoit Pilet, Damien Bol, Davide Vittori, and Emilien Paulis (2022). Public Support for Citizens' Assemblies Selected through Sortition: Evidence from 15 Countries. European Journal of Political Research. First View.
  • Christopher J. Anderson, Damien Bol, and Aurelia Ananda (2021). Estimating Humanity’s Attitudes About Democracy and Political Leaders: Patterns and Trends. Public Opinion Quarterly. 85(4): 957-986.
  • André Blais, Damien Bol, Shaun Bowler, David M. Farrell, Annika Fredén, Martial Foucault, Emmanuel Heisbourg, Romain Lachat, Ignacio Lago, Peter John Loewen, Miroslav Nemcok, JeanBenoit Pilet, and Carolina Plescia (2021). What Kind of Electoral Outcome do People Think is Good for Democracy? Political Studies. First View.
  • Damien Bol, and Marco Giani (2021). It's a (Coarsened Exact) Match! Non-Parametric Imputation of Abstainers' Vote. Political Science Research and Methods 9(2): 445-450.
  • Damien Bol, Marco Giani, André Blais, and Peter John Loewen (2021). The Effect of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Political Support: Some Good News for Democracy? European Journal of Political Research 60(2): 497–505
  • Damien Bol, Thomas Gschwend, Thomas Zittel, Steffen Zittlau (2021). The Importance of Personal Vote Intentions for the Responsiveness of Legislators: A Field Experiment. European Journal of Political Research 60(2): 455-473.
  • Philipp Harfst, Damien Bol, and Jean-François Laslier (2021). Designing Preference Voting. Electoral Studies 69: 102262.
  • Damien Bol, Konstantinos Matakos, Orestis Troumpounis, and Dimitrios Xefteris (2019). Electoral Rules, Strategic Entry, and Polarization. Journal of Public Economics 178(104065): 1-12.
  • Damien Bol, André Blais, Xavier Gillard, Lidia Nunez, and Jean-Benoit Pilet (2018). Voting and Satisfaction with Democracy in Flexible-List PR. Electoral Studies 56: 23-34.
  • Damien Bol, André Blais, and Simon Labbé St-Vincent (2018). Which Matters Most: Party Strategic Exit or Voter Strategic Voting? A Laboratory Experiment. Political Science Research and Methods 6(2): 229-244.
  • Damien Bol, André Blais, and Jean-François Laslier (2018). A Mixed-Utility Theory of Vote Choice Regret. Public Choice 176(3): 461-478.