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Dr Rubén Ruiz-Rufino


Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics

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 1752
Room number: 7.12 Bush House (North East Wing)

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Dr Rubén Ruiz-Rufino is Lecturer of Comparative Politics in the Department of Political Economy. His research deals with measuring the functioning of political institutions and the effect of political representation in regime stability and political accountability. 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.


Rubén’s research focuses on various issues related to political representation. His current projects deal with how globalisation is altering political competition in industrialised democracies.  Another significant part of his research investigates empirical questions related to electoral competition and regime stability. Here, Rubén focuses on non-industrialized and young democracies as well as authoritarian regimes where some level of political competition is allowed. Understanding why some ethnic minorities are more likely to revolt against the state, the conditions that explain electoral misconduct or issues related to democratization are included in this research agenda. Finally, a third line of research relates to better understanding the functioning and political consequences of different electoral rules.  Rubén’s research is conducted using a variety of quantitative techniques.

Selected publications

2018 - "The Costs of Responsibility for the Political Establishment of the Eurozone (1999-2015)" (with Sonia Alonso) Party Politics (Forthcoming).

2018 -  "Tying Incumbents’ Hands: The Effects of Election Monitoring on Electoral Outcomes.". (with Nasos Roussias) Electoral Studies, 54 (August) 116-127.

2018 - "When do electoral institutions trigger electoral misconduct?" Democratization 25 (2):331-50.

2017 - "Democracy without Choice: Citizens’ perceptions of government’s autonomy during the Eurozone crisis" (with Sonia Alonso) European Journal of Political Research, 56 (2) 230-245.

2015 - Handbook of Comparative Political Institutions. London: Routledge (co-edited with Jennifer Gandhi)

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