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Dr Konstantinos Matakos


Lecturer in Economics

Postal Address:

Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 7326
Personal Website: Konstantinos Matakos
Room number: 7.11 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours:
Monday: 10.00 - 11.00
Thursday: 15.00 - 16.00
or else by appointment (e-mail) 


Konstantinos joined King's in 2015 and is currently a Lecturer of Economics at the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. 

Previously, Konstantinos was a Fellow in Political Science and Political Economy at LSE's Department of Government (2013 - 2015). 

In the past he also held the position of Visiting Asst. Professor in Political Economy at the University of Rochester's Wallis Institute

Konstantinos completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Warwick (2012).

His primary research fields are Political Economy, Positive Political Science, Public Economics and Applied Microeconomics. In his research, he utilises both formal game-theoretic modelling and systematic empirical analysis. 

His research interests range from political economics and positive political theory to public policy evaluation and design. He is particularly interested in the political economy of redistribution and machine politics, electoral behaviour and formal models of elections. He also studies how electoral institutions evolve endogenously and what are the effects of electoral systems on polarisation and turnout.

Research Interests

The focus of my most recent work is on the linkages between economic and political inequality, the conditions for political and economic development and the effects of electoral and political institutions on electoral competition the strucutre of the party-system and polarization.


Currently (AY 2015-16) I am teaching the pre-sessional lectures in Economics (term 1) for the Key Concepts in Political Economy module of the MA in Political Economy programme. I will also be teaching the Macroeconomics component of the core module Principles of Economics for the BA in Political Economy (term 2). 

Selected Publications

“Electoral Rule Disproportionality and Platform Polarization” (with O. Troumpounis and D. Xefteris), forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science (2015)

Strategic electoral rule choice under uncertainty (with D. Xefteris), in Public Choice, 162 (3-4): pp. 329-350 (2015). DOI: 10.1007/s11127-014-0228-5 

Turnout and Polarization under Alternative Electoral Systems (with O. Troumpounis & D. Xefteris), in The Political Economy of Governance: Institutions, Political Performance and Elections, G. Caballero and N. Schofield (eds.), Springer (June 2015).

Citizens or Clients? Evidence on Opportunistic Voting from a Natural Experiment in Greece (with D. Xefteris), forthcoming in PSRM: The Journal of the European Political Science Association (October 2015).

Work in progress 

“The effects of electoral rule (dis)proportionality on parties' policy platforms and polarization: Evidence from Finnish municipal elections”

“Divide and Rule: Redistribution in a Model with Differentiated Candidates” joint with D. Xefteris and the link for this paper is here:

In or Out? The Effects of Supranational Integration on National Politics and Political Polarization in Multi-party Systems (with H. Mutlu-Eren and N. Konstantinidis)

Leaders or Cronies? On the Choice of Intra-party Leaders by Rent-seeking Politicians

Exploiting the Bare Necessities: Unemployment, Redistribution and Party-System Fragmentation (with D. Xefteris)

Income Inequality, Redistribution and the Salience of Candidates' Identity: Evidence from U.S. State Legislatures (with D. Xefteris)  

Social Extremism and Preferences for Redistribution in a Multi-party System (with D. Xefteris)

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