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Damien Bol

damien bol

Lecturer in Political Behaviour

Postal Address

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

Room number: 

9.14 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours (only in Term 1): 

Tuesday: 4.30-5.30 pm
Wednesday: 10-11 am

Dr Damien Bol will be on sabbatical from January 2019, and will only be available by email.


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

From September 2017 to January 2019, Dr. Damien Bol is Programme Director of the BA/BSc in Politics.


  • Comparing Political Systems
  • Statistics for Political Science 2


Damien’s research lies at the intersection of political behaviour and comparative politics, with a special focus on elections and experimental methods. He studies how political institutions shape the behavior of citizens and elites, and how citizens and elites shape political institutions in return, with the overarching goal of finding ways to improve people's experience of elections. His favorite research themes are strategic voting, party entry, electoral system choice, and voter satisfaction.


(2018) Putting Politics in the Lab: A Review of Lab Experiments in Political Science. Government and Opposition.

(2018) Voting and Satisfaction with Democracy in Flexible-List PR. Electoral Studies 56: 23-34 (with André Blais, Xavier Gillard, Lidia Nunez, and Jean-Benoit Pilet).

(2018) Which Matters Most: Party Strategic Exit or Voter Strategic Voting? A Laboratory ExperimentPolitical Science Research and Methods 6(2): 229–244 (with André Blais and Simon Labbé St-Vincent).

(2018) A Mixed-Utility Theory of Vote Choice Regret. Public Choice 176(3-4): 461-478 (with André Blais and Jean-François Laslier).

(2018, accepted) Polarisation, Partisan Preferences, and Strategic Voting. Government and Opposition (with Jean-François Daoust).

(2018). Democratic Legitimacy or Regional Representation: Support for Upper Chamber Reform in Scotland and Quebec. Parliamentary Affairs 71(4): 738-759 (with Mike Medeiros and Richard Nadeau).

(2017) Political Scientists and Electoral Reforms in Europe and Canada: What They Know, What They DoElection Law Journal 6(3): 335–340 (with Camille Bedock and Thomas Ehrhard).

(2017) Votes for Women: Electoral Systems and Support for Female CandidatesPolitics & Gender 13(1): 107-131 (with Sona Golder, Laura Stephenson, Karine Van der Straeten, André Blais, Philipp Harfst, and Jean-François Laslier).

(2017) How to Survey About Electoral Turnout? The Efficacy of the Face-saving Response Items in Different ContextsPolitical Science Research and Methods 5(3): 575-584 (with Alexandre Morin-Chassé, Simon Labbé St-Vincent, and Laura Stephenson).

(2017) Ticket-Splitting in Mixed-Member Systems: On the Importance of Seat Linkage Between Electoral TiersWest European Politics 40(3): 584-597 (with Pedro Riera).

(2017) Making Votes Count in Parliament or Government? Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 17(4): 389-412 (with Tom Verthé, Stefanie Beyens, and André Blais). 

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

(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 Studies 49(6): 742-774 (with Alrik Thiem, Michael Baumgartner).

(2015) The EuroVotePlus ExperimentEuropean 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 EuropeEuropean Journal of Political Research 54(2): 384-410 (with Jean-Benoit Pilet, and Pedro Riera).

(2014) The Impact of Election Outcomes on Satisfaction with Democracy under a Two-round SystemFrench 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 PossibilitiesPolitical 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 2011Political 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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