Dr Rubén Ruiz-Rufino is Senior Lecturer of Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Economy. His research deals with measuring the functioning of political institutions, the effect of political representation in regime stability and the relationship between globalisation and political change. 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.
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- Drivers and consequences of Electoral fraud and electoral violence.
- The political economy of electoral monitoring
- Globalisation and political change
- Origins and change of political representation institutions
- Quantitative and quasi-experimental methods.
Rubén's research agenda spans various issues related to political representation and political institutions both in developing and industrialised democracies. His research is conducted using quantitative and quasi-experimental methods.
Rubén pursues two related agendas centred on political representation. Focusing on democratising regimes, his agenda covers how electoral rules accommodate heterogenous preferences particularly in multi-ethnic countries; the institutional conditions that favour the use of electoral misconduct and electoral violence, and the effect of international electoral observations missions on political competition and economic development. Rubén´s agenda on industrialised democracies aims to understand how globalisation is altering political competition and in particular the effects on financial bailouts on citizens and parties.
Rubén teaches a variety of modules related to his research both at UG and PG levels:
- 4SSPP111 – Statistics for Political Science I
- 5SSPP211 – Institutions, Economics and Change
- 6SSPP331 – Failed regimes, elections and fraud.
- 7SSPP107 – Quantitative Methods for Political Economy
- 7SSPP039 – Economic globalisation and political change
Rubén is interested in supervising students focusing on various questions related to political institutions, political representation and regime stability using quantitative, quasi-experimental and qualitative methods. The use of formal modelling is also welcome. Rubén is interested in supervising projects on questions related to:
- Electoral violence and political stability.
- Drivers and political consequences of electoral fraud.
- Determinants and consequences of international electoral monitoring.
- Economic crises and political change.
- The electoral consequences of globalisation.
- The collapse of establishment parties in industrialised democracies.
Ruiz-Rufino, R. & Birch, S., Jan 2020, In : JOURNAL OF PEACE RESEARCH. 57, 1, p. 126-139 14 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/0022343319885171
Nasos, R. & Ruiz Rufino, R., 25 May 2018, In : ELECTORAL STUDIES. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2018.05.005
Alonso, S. & Ruiz-Rufino, R., 11 Apr 2018, In : Party Politics. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068818766182
Ruiz-Rufino, R. & Alonso, S., 8 Mar 2018, Democracy and Crisis: Challenges in Turbulent Times. Springer International Publishing Switzerland, p. 197-226 30 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72559-8_9
Ruiz-Rufino, R., 2018, In : democratization. 25, 2, p. 331-350 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
Ruiz-Rufino, R. & Alonso, S., May 2017, In : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL RESEARCH. p. 329-345 Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12187
Ruiz-Rufino, R., 9 Apr 2015, The Routledge Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions. Routledge Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Chapter
Ruiz-Rufino, R. (ed.) & Gandhi, J. (ed.), 9 Apr 2015, Routledge. 448 p. (Routledge Handbooks) Research output: Book/Report - Book
Ruiz-Rufino, R., 14 Jun 2012, In : POLITICAL STUDIES. 61, 1, p. 101-118 18 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00955.x
Ruiz-Rufino, R., 2011, In : WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS. 34, 2, p. 256-281 26 p., 934684691. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2011.546570