Dr Anna Gwiazda
Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics
Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Bush House (North East Wing)
London WC2B 4BG
Room: 8.15 Bush House (North East Wing)
Tel: +44 (0)20 78487390
Dr Anna Gwiazda is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Economy. Before joining King’s in September 2010, Anna worked at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the European University Institute, Sussex European Institute, Australian National University and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, an M.A. in Political Science from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and a BA in Economics from Technical University in Radom, Poland.
Anna’s current research focuses on the quality of democracy, democratization, women’s political representation, European politics and Polish politics. In the past, she also conducted research on the Europeanisation of public policies.
Anna's book 'Democracy in Poland' was published by Routledge in August 2015.It was reviewed in West European Politics and East European Politics and Democratization. Anna's book is now available in paperback www.routledge.com.
Anna was awarded £43,000 by the Noble Foundation for the research project entitled ‘The substantive representation of women in Poland,’ which was conducted from 1 October 2016 until 30 September 2017.
Gender & Politics in Eastern Europe
- Gender Politics and Public Policy (MA Module)
- Women&Politics (third-year undergraduate module)
- Political Change in Europe (second-year undergraduate module)
Gwiazda, Anna (2016) Democracy in Poland: Representation, participation, competition and accountability since 1989. London: Routledge.
Gwiazda, Anna (2019) ‘The Substantive Representation of Women in Poland,’ Politics&Gender (forthcoming).
Gwiazda, Anna (2017) ‘Women in parliament: assessing the effectiveness of gender quotas in Poland,’ The Journal of Legislative Studies, Volume 23, Issue 3: 326-347.
Gwiazda, Anna (2015) ‘Women’s Representation and Gender Quotas: the Case of the Polish Parliament,’ Democratization, Volume 22, Issue 4 (July 2015): 679-697.
Gwiazda, Anna (2013) ‘The Europeanization of Regional Policy: Did Political Parties Make a Difference?’ East European Politics, Volume 29, Number 2 (June 2013): 226-244.
Gwiazda, Anna and Iain McMenamin (2011) ‘Three roads to institutionalisation: vote-, office- and policy-seeking explanations of party switching in Poland’, European Journal of Political Research, Volume 50, Issue 6 (October 2011): 838–866.
Gwiazda, Anna (2011) ‘The Europeanization of flexicurity: the Lisbon Strategy’s impact on employment policies in Italy and Poland.’Journal of European Public Policy, 18:4 (June 2011): 544-563.
Gwiazda, Anna (2009) ‘Poland’s quasi-institutionalized party system: the importance of elites and institutions’, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol. 10, No 3 (September 2009): 350-375.
Gwiazda, Anna (2008) ‘The Parliamentary Election in Poland, October 2007’, Electoral Studies, Volume 27, Issue 4 (December 2008): 760-764.
Gwiazda, Anna (2008) ‘Party Patronage in Poland: the Democratic Left Alliance and Law and Justice Compared’, East European Politics and Societies 22: 4 (November 2008): 802-827.
Gwiazda, Anna (2007) ‘Europeanization of Polish Competition Policy’, Journal of European Integration, Vol. 29 No.1 (March 2007): 109-131.
Gwiazda, Anna (2006) ‘Ireland: pragmatism and the EU constitution’ in König Thomas and Hug Simon eds. Policy-making Processes and the European Constitution: A Comparative Study of Member States and Accession Countries, London: Routledge
Gwiazda, Anna (2006) ‘Poland: the struggle for Nice’ in König Thomas and Hug Simon eds. Policy-making Processes and the European Constitution: A Comparative Study of Member States and Accession Countries, London: Routledge
Gwiazda, Anna and Kenneth Benoit (2006) ‘Hungary: united in support, divided by borders’ in König Thomas and Hug Simon eds. Policy-making Processes and the European Constitution: A Comparative Study of Member States and Accession Countries, London: Routledge
Gwiazda, Anna (2012) ‘Book review: The Impact of Expansion on European Union Institutions: The Eastern Touch on Brussels,’ West European Politics, Vol. 35, No. 4, 943-944, July 2012.
Gwiazda, Anna (2018) ‘How well-designed gender laws can break the glass ceiling in parliaments.’ Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, 24 October 2018. Available online.
Gwiazda, Anna (2017) 'Women in Politics: a Review and Future Research Agenda,' Studia Polityczne, Polish Academy of Science, Volume 45, No 4: 129-144
Gwiazda, Anna (2017) ‘Gender quotas – can they enhance women’s parliamentary representation?’ Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Parliaments, 27 September 2017. Available online
Gwiazda, Anna (2016) Is Democratic Accountability Declining in Poland?’, Bertelsmann Stiftung, 1 February 2016. Available online