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Despina Alexiadou

Reader at the School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde

I joined the school of Government and Public Policy at Strathclyde on May 2017. Previously I held posts at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Warwick and Duke.

My research is synthetic and problem driven. It spans comparative political systems, political parties, executives, ministerial careers, comparative and international political economy and the politics of welfare state reform. I explore and theorise the process of policy-making in parliamentary democracies. Some of the questions I address in my work are: Do individual politicians make a difference for policy? Do parties’ electoral promises shape policy in multiparty cabinets? Why are some countries better able to reform their pension and tax system than others? To read my work visit my personal webpage: or my research page on the research gate portal:


  • 2017–present
    Chancellor's Fellow, University of Strathclyde
  • 2020–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde
  • 2008–2017
    Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2006–2008
    Postdoctoral ESRC Fellow, University of Warwick
  • 2006–2006
    Visting Professor, Duke University


    European University Institute, PhD


  • 2019
    Platforms, Portfolios, Policy: How Audience Costs Affect Social Welfare Policy in Multiparty Cabinets, Political Science Research and Methods
  • 2019
    Commitment or Expertise? Technocratic Appointments as political responses to economic crisis, European Journal of Political Research
  • 2018
    Technocratic Government and Economic Policy, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics
  • 2016
    Ideologues, Partisans and Loyalists, Oxford University Press
  • 2015
    Ideologues, Partisans and Loyalists: Cabinet Ministers and Social Welfare Reform in Parliamentary Democracies, Comparative Political Studies
  • 2013
    In Search of Successful Reform: The Politics of Opposition and Consensus in OECD Parliamentary Democracies, West European Politics
  • 2012
    Finding Political Capital for Monetary Tightening: Unemployment Insurance and Monetary Cycles, European Journal of Political Research