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Ben Margulies


Postdoctoral Fellow
ERC Starting Grant Project
Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty

B dot Margulies at warwick dot ac dot uk
Room: E2.03

Ben’s research background is primarily in comparative and European politics, especially the quantitative analysis of trends across countries. He is also interested in the ways that nations and party systems respond to migration and globalisation. His doctoral work made much use of the Comparative Manifesto Project, which codes party manifestoes into quantitative data sets. His PhD, “Liberal Parties and Party Systems,” used data taken from European party manifestos to track when parties moved left or right, and showed how these movements affected the vote shares that liberal parties received. He obtained his PhD from the University of Essex in 2014, and has published articles in Comparative European Politics, the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica and the Australian Journal of Political Science. Ben is joining the project to help develop a large-scale survey of 25 groups of conflict-generated diasporas in Europe.

Ben earned a master’s in comparative politics at the London School of Economics in 2007, and did his undergraduate work at New York University. He is originally from Dallas, Texas.


“The future of the liberal party family: a survey of new liberal parties and other trends,” in "Rivista italiana di scienza politica" 3/2014, pp. 267-298, doi: 10.1426/78849

“Liberal Party Performance When Rival Parties Shift Position on the Left-Right Axis.” Comparative European Politics advance online publication 22 December 2014; doi: 10.1057/cep.2014.53

“Liberal Party Performance and Polarization.” 2015. Australian Journal of Political Science. DOI: 10.1080/10361146.2015.1006166

Selected blog posts:

“There’s life yet in the European liberals.” May 2015. The European Parties Elections and Referendums Network.

The fragmentation of Britain’s party system may have contributed to the Lib Dems’ demise.” May 2015. British Politics and Policy at LSE.

“Osborne’s hooked his bait. But who are his prey?” July 2015. Political Insight: The Political Studies Association.

“You call this a Rechtstaat?” July 2015. OpenDemocracy.