DAMIEN BOL

Professor of Political Behavior

Sciences Po Paris

damien.bol@sciencespo.fr


I'm a Professor of Political Behavior at the CEVIPOF in Sciences Po Paris. Prior to my current position, I worked at the University of Montreal and King's College London.  Before that, I completed all my studies, including PhD, at my local university in Belgium, the University of Louvain.


I use (quasi) experimental methods to study elections and democracy. My research complements traditional voting behavior studies by examining the role of elections in shaping people's experience with representative democracy. Additionally, I occasionally contribute to methodological discussions in social sciences, particularly regarding surveys and experiments. I'm a political scientist by training but I frequently collaborate with economists trying to bridge the two disciplines. Political scientists would say that I'm a rational choice analyst, but economists would say that I'm behaviorist.


I have published a slate of articles on these topics (see here). Below is a selection of my favorite articles that best represent my current research interests.


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS SINCE 2019


(2023) What Kind of Electoral Outcome Do People Think is Good for Democracy? [Online Appendix]

Political Studies 71(4): 1068–1089 (with André Blais et al).


(2023) Choosing an Electoral Rule: Values and Self-Interest in the Lab.

Journal of Economic Psychology 95: 102602 (with André Blais et al).


(2023) Public Support for Citizens' Assemblies Selected through Sortition: Evidence from 15 Countries.

European Journal of Political Research 62(3): 873-902 (with Jean-Benoit Pilet et al).


(2022) Does the Number of Candidates Increase Turnout? Causal Evidence From Two-Round Elections.

Political Behavior 44(4): 2005–2026 (with Ria Ivandic).


(2021) Estimating Humanity’s Attitudes About Democracy and Political Leaders: Patterns and Trends.

Public Opinion Quarterly 85(4): 957–986 (with Christopher J. Anderson and Aurelia Ananda).


(2021) It's a (Coarsened Exact) Match! Non-Parametric Imputation of Abstainers' Vote. [Online Appendix]

Political Science Research and Methods 9(2): 445–450 (with Marco Giani).


(2021) The Effect of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Political Support: Some Good News for Democracy?

European Journal of Political Research 60(2): 497–505 (with Marco Giani et al).


(2021) The Importance of Personal Vote Intentions for the Responsiveness of Legislators: A Field Experiment. [Online Appendix]

European Journal of Political Research 60(2): 455–473 (with Thomas Gschwend et al).


(2021) Designing Preference Voting.

Electoral Studies 69: 102262 (with Philipp Harfst and Jean-François Laslier).


(2019) Electoral Rules, Strategic Entry, and Polarization.

Journal of Public Economics 178: 104065 (with Konstantinos Matakos et al).


Curriculum Vitae