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Rubén Ruiz-Rufino

Lecturer in Comparative Politics


Postal Address

Department of Political Economy

King’s College London

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London WC2B 4BG


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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

2017 - "Democracy without Choice: Citizens’ Perceptions of Government Autonomy During the Eurozone Crisis." European Journal of Political Research 56, no. 2 (2017): 320-45. (with Sonia Alonso)

2017 - "When do electoral institutions trigger electoral misconduct?" Democratization (Forthcoming)

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

2013 - "Satisfaction with Democracy in Multi-ethnic Countries: The Effect of Representative Political Institutions on Ethnic Minorities." Political Studies 61 (1):101-18.

2011 - "Characterizing electoral systems. An empirical application of aggregated threshold functions." West European Politics 34 (2):256-81.

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