DAMIEN BOL

Associate Professor in Political Behavior

Department of Political Economy, King's College London.30 Aldwych (Bush House NE Wing). London WC2B 4BG. UK


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I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Economy of King's College London. Prior to that, I studied and worked at the Université de Montréal and UCLouvain. I've also held visiting positions in the Paris School of Economics and European University Institute.


My research is at the intersection of political behavior and comparative politics with a focus on elections (voting behavior, party strategies, electoral systems) and experiments (in the lab, in surveys, online). My overarching goal is to better understand people's experience of elections and democracy, and find new institutions and practices to improve it. I’ve used a variety of quantitative methods in my research, but right now I'm mostly interested in experiments. I like the method because it’s one of the few in which creativity matters. I’ve conducted experiments in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, the UK, as well as with a Europe-wide sample of subjects. To do so, I’ve been financially supported by the Montreal Centre for Democratic Citizenship, the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust, the Belgian Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique, as well as the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy and Department of Political Economy of King’s College London.


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 rational choice analysist, but economists would say that I’m behaviorist. My work appears in Comparative Political StudiesPolitical Science Research and Methods, the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, and Party Politics (among others).


I teach about elections, comparative politics, and quantitative methods. I'm also the Convener of the ECPR Standing Group on Comparative Political Institutions.