Researcher in Political Science, University of Luxembourg

Patrick Dumont (1971) studied political science at the University of Central Lancashire, UK (BA Hons), Louvain, Belgium (Licence and DEA) and Geneva, Switzerland (PhD). He is researcher at the European Governance Programme (Axis II) of the University of Luxembourg and research associate to the Chair in parliamentary studies of the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies. He is co-founder of the Selection and Deselection of Political Elites (check SEDEPE’s website for past, current and future activities and publications) international network and co-editor of the Routledge Research in Social and Political Elites book series (with Keith Dowding, Australian National University). He is also member of the editorial board of the Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, the leading journal of comparative politics in French language, and treasurer of the Luxembourg Political Science Association. He was member of the executive committee of the French-speaking Belgian Political Science Association and is now Treasurer of the Luxembourg Political Science Association (LUXPOL).

He teaches Research Techniques in Political Science, Politique Comparée (with Philippe Poirier) and Multi-Level Governance (with Robert Harmsen) in the Master in European Governance of the University of Luxembourg.

Aside from his projects with SEDEPE, he is currently co-directing an international research project onEuropean integration and consensus politics in the Low Countries, with Hans Vollaard (University of Leiden) and Jan Beyers (University of Antwerp), for which a group of scholars met at the occasion of several international conferences as well as in The Hague and in Luxembourg in 2011. He was one of the core members of the Luxembourg electoral studies of 2004 and 2009 and as such the correspondent to the European Election Study/Piredeu groups. He was also one of the initiators and researchers of the POLUX project financed by the Luxembourg FNR.

Patrick Dumont has published on his main topics of interest such as coalition theory, political elites, parties and party systems, europeanization processes in international journals such as the European Journal of Political Research, European Union Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Public Choiceand won the Vincent Wright award for best article (co-authored with Hanna Bäck) in 2007 in West European Politics. A recent publication (June 2011), selected as a key article in the European Journal of Political Research is available online as full text pdf: Who gets what in coalition governments? Predictors of portfolio allocation in parliamentary democracies (with Hanna Bäck and Marc Debus). In addition, he has been the co-author of the Political Data Yearbook of the European Journal of Political Research for Belgium and Luxembourg since the early 2000s. Finally, he has so far co-edited The Selection of Ministers in Europe. Hiring and Firing at Routledge with Keith Dowding in 2009, and Puzzles of Government Formation: Coalition Theory and Deviant Cases with Rudy B. Andeweg and Lieven De Winter in 2011. Two new co-edited books will be published at Routledge in 2013.

He is reviewer for the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, European Union Politics, Party Politics, West European Politics, Public Choice, Publius, European Journal of Political Science, European Political Science Review, Scandinavian Political Studies, Acta Politica.


  • –present
    Researcher in Political Science, University of Luxembourg