DAMIEN BOL

Assistant Professor in Political Behavior, King's College London

Department of Political Economy, KCL. 30 Aldwych (Bush House North East Wing). London WC2B 4BG. UK


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I'm an Assistant 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 and experiments. My overarching goal is to better understand people's experience of elections and democracy, and find new institutions and practices to improve it. My work appears in Comparative Political Studies, Political Science Resarch and Methods, the European Journal of Political Research, Electoral Studies, and Party Politics (among others).


I’ve used a variety of methods in my research (surveys, panel data analysis, Monte Carlo simulations, QCA, matching, regression discontinuity…), but right now I'm mostly interested in developing original experiments to study voting behavior, party strategies, electoral systems, and voter satisfaction. I like the method it because it’s one of the few in social science in which creativity matters. I’ve conducted experiments in the lab, in the field, and in surveys in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, the UK, and with a Euro-wide sample of subjects. This line of research has 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.


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.


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