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Dr Jonathan Hopkin

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Associate Professor of Comparative Politics

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Biography


Jonathan Hopkin was awarded his doctorate in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in 1995, and held lectureships at the Universities of Bradford, Durham and Birmingham before joining LSE in 2004. He has held various visiting positions in Spain, Italy and the United States, and is also an Associate Fellow of the Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center in Italy.

His research has mostly focused on parties and elections in Western Europe (and specifically Italy, Spain and the UK), with particular attention to corruption, political finance, and territorial politics. He is the author of Party Formation and Democratic Transition in Spain (Macmillan 1999), and has published in a range of journals including the European Journal of Political Research, Governance, Party Politics, the Review of International Political Economy and West European Politics. His current research focuses on the emergence of party cartels in advanced democracies, and the relationship of partisan politics to income inequality and welfare state change.

Research Interests


  • Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies
  • Economic Theories of Corruption
  • Political Decentralization
  • The Political Economy of European Social Democracy
  • The Politics of Southern Europe

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GV264Politics and Institutions in Europe
  • GV4D4The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution
  • GV4E2: Capitalism and Democracy

Recent Publications


Euro elections: find out about your new MEPs in the North East, North West, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Dunleavy, Patrick, Hopkin, Jonathan and Kippin, Sean (2014) Euro elections: find out about your new MEPs in the North East, North West, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Democratic Audit Blog (30 May 2014) Blog Entry.

Euro elections: who are your new MEPs in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, and Wales?
Dunleavy, Patrick, Hopkin, Jonathan and Kippin, Sean (2014) Euro elections: who are your new MEPs in the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber, and Wales? Democratic Audit Blog (29 May 2014) Blog Entry.

Euro elections: who are your new MEPs in the East of England, London, the South East, and the South West?
Dunleavy, Patrick, Hopkin, Jonathan and Kippin, Sean (2014) Euro elections: who are your new MEPs in the East of England, London, the South East, and the South West? Democratic Audit Blog (28 May 2014) Blog Entry.

Why all our top parties are doing voters a disservice by cramming the European Parliament ballot papers with the names of ‘no hope’ candidates
Dunleavy, Patrick, Hopkin, Jonathan and Kippin, Sean (2014) Why all our top parties are doing voters a disservice by cramming the European Parliament ballot papers with the names of ‘no hope’ candidates. Democratic Audit Blog (24 Apr 2014) Blog Entry.

Beppe Grillo’s ‘Five Star’ movement shows the probable limitations of the internet as a replacement for politics
Hopkin, Jonathan (2014) Beppe Grillo’s ‘Five Star’ movement shows the probable limitations of the internet as a replacement for politics. Democratic Audit Blog (14 Apr 2014) Blog Entry.

Lower levels of inequality are linked with greater innovation in economies
Hopkin, Jonathan, Lapuente, Victor and Moller, Lovisa (2014) Lower levels of inequality are linked with greater innovation in economies. LSE Review of Books (23 Jan 2014) Blog Entry.

Far from being a disaster, the results of the Italian election could be a turning point for Italy and the Eurozone
Hopkin, Jonathan (2013) Far from being a disaster, the results of the Italian election could be a turning point for Italy and the Eurozone. European Politics and Policy at LSE (27 Feb 2013) Blog Entry.

A slow fuse: Italy and the EU debt crisis
Hopkin, Jonathan (2012) A slow fuse: Italy and the EU debt crisis. The International Spectator, 47 (4). pp. 35-48. ISSN 0393-2729

Catalonia’s election result reflects the fragmented and divided nature of the pro-independence majority
Hopkin, Jonathan (2012) Catalonia’s election result reflects the fragmented and divided nature of the pro-independence majority. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (27 Nov 2012) Blog Entry.

In upcoming elections across the Eurozone periphery, voters are likely to react to austerity by replacing technocracy with populism
Hopkin, Jonathan (2012) In upcoming elections across the Eurozone periphery, voters are likely to react to austerity by replacing technocracy with populism. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (12 Jun 2012) Blog Entry.

Technocrats have taken over governments in Southern Europe. This is a challenge to democracy.
Hopkin, Jonathan (2012) Technocrats have taken over governments in Southern Europe. This is a challenge to democracy. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (24 Mar 2012) Blog Entry.

What can Okun teach Polanyi? Efficiency, regulation and equality in the OECD
Hopkin, Jonathan and Blyth, Mark (2012) What can Okun teach Polanyi? Efficiency, regulation and equality in the OECD. Review of International Political Economy, 19 (1). pp. 1-33. ISSN 0969-2290

What can Okun teach Polanyi?: efficiency, regulation and equality in the OECD
Hopkin, Jonathan and Blyth, Mark (2011) What can Okun teach Polanyi?: efficiency, regulation and equality in the OECD. Review of International Political Economy, 19 (1). pp. 1-33. ISSN 0969-2290

Base closings: the rise and decline of the US military bases issue in Spain, 1975-2005
Cooley, Alexander and Hopkin, Jonathan (2010) Base closings: the rise and decline of the US military bases issue in Spain, 1975-2005. International Political Science Review, 31 (4). pp. 494-513. ISSN 0192-5121

What was the problem with a Lab-LibDem coalition?
Hopkin, Jonathan (2010) What was the problem with a Lab-LibDem coalition? British Politics and Policy at LSE (12 May 2010) Blog Entry.

Decentralization and state-wide parties: introduction
Hopkin, Jonathan and van Houten, Pieter (2009) Decentralization and state-wide parties: introduction. Party Politics, 15 (2). pp. 131-136. ISSN 1460-3683

Party matters: devolution and party politics in Britain and Spain
Hopkin, Jonathan (2009) Party matters: devolution and party politics in Britain and Spain. Party Politics, 15 (2). pp. 179-198. ISSN 1460-3683

Decentralisation and party organisational change: the case of Italy
Hopkin, Jonathan (2008) Decentralisation and party organisational change: the case of Italy. In: Swenden, Wilfried and Maddens, Bart, (eds.) Territorial Party Politics in Western Europe. Palgrave Macmillan, Hampshire, UK, pp. 86-101. ISBN 9780230521629

Newly governing parties in Italy: comparing the PDS/DS, Lega Nord and Forza Italia
Hopkin, Jonathan and Ignazi, Piero (2008) Newly governing parties in Italy: comparing the PDS/DS, Lega Nord and Forza Italia. In: Deschouwer, Kris, (ed.) New Parties in Government: in Power for the First Time. Routledge/ECPR studies in European political science. Routledge, Oxford, UK, pp. 45-64. ISBN 9780415404990

"Grabbing hand" or "helping hand"? Corruption and the economic role of the state
Hopkin, Jonathan and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2007) "Grabbing hand" or "helping hand"? Corruption and the economic role of the state. Governance, 20 (2). pp. 187-208. ISSN 0952-1895

Entre el gobierno y la oposición: los empresarios políticos y la formación de la Unión de Centro Democrático
Hopkin, Jonathan (2007) Entre el gobierno y la oposición: los empresarios políticos y la formación de la Unión de Centro Democrático. In: Quirosa-Cheyrouze y Muñoz, Rafael, (ed.) Historia De la Transición: Los Inicios Del Proceso Democratizador. Editorial Biblioteca Nueva, Madrid, Spain, pp. 269-283.

Spain and Portugal
Hopkin, Jonathan and van Biezen, Ingrid (2007) Spain and Portugal. In: Hay, C and Menon, A, (eds.) European Politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 101-116. ISBN 9780199284283

Una crisis de institucionalización: el colapso de UCD en España
Hopkin, Jonathan and Gunther, R. (2007) Una crisis de institucionalización: el colapso de UCD en España. In: Montero, J. R., Gunther, R. and Linz, J., (eds.) Partidos Políticos: Viejos Conceptos y Nuevos Retos. Editorial Trotta, Madrid, Spain, pp. 165-207. ISBN 9788481648607

United Kingdom: new Labour, new Britain?
Hopkin, Jonathan (2007) United Kingdom: new Labour, new Britain? In: Tiersky, R and Jones, E, (eds.) Europe Today. a Twenty-First Century Introduction. Rowman and Littlefield, New York, USA, pp. 57-90. ISBN 9780742555013

New Labour, economic reform and the European social model
Hopkin, Jonathan and Wincott, Daniel (2006) New Labour, economic reform and the European social model. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 8 (1). pp. 50-68. ISSN 1467-856X

British statewide parties and multilevel politics
Hopkin, Jonathan and Bradbury, Jonathan (2006) British statewide parties and multilevel politics. Publius: the Journal of Federalism, 36 (1). pp. 135-152. ISSN 0048-5950

Clientelism and party politics
Hopkin, Jonathan (2006) Clientelism and party politics. In: Katz, Richard S. and Crotty, William J., (eds.) Handbook of Party Politics. Sage, London, UK, pp. 406-412. ISBN 0761943145

Dalla federazione all’unione, alle primarie. Il cammino del centro-sinistra
Hopkin, Jonathan (2006) Dalla federazione all’unione, alle primarie. Il cammino del centro-sinistra. In: Amyot, G. and Verzichelli, L., (eds.) Politica in Italia 2006. I Fatti Dell’anno e Le Interpretazioni 2006. Il Mulino, Bologna, Italy, pp. 87-108. ISBN 9788815111012

From federation to union, from parties to primaries: the search for unity in the center-left
Hopkin, Jonathan (2006) From federation to union, from parties to primaries: the search for unity in the center-left. In: Amyot, Grant and Verzichelli, Luca, (eds.) The End of the Berlusconi Era. Berghahn Books, Oxford, UK, pp. 67-84. ISBN 9781845452667

Party organization in multi-level contexts
van Biezen, Ingrid and Hopkin, Jonathan (2006) Party organization in multi-level contexts. In: Hough, Dan and Jeffery, Charlie, (eds.) Devolution and Electoral Politics. Devolution series. Manchester University Press, Manchester, UK, pp. 14-36. ISBN 9780719073304

Spain: Proportional Representation with majoritarian outcomes
Hopkin, Jonathan (2005) Spain: Proportional Representation with majoritarian outcomes. In: Gallagher, Michael and Mitchell, Paul, (eds.) The Politics of Electoral Systems. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 375-396. ISBN 9780199257560

The Berlusconi government at mid-term: a miracle just around the corner?
Hopkin, Jonathan (2005) The Berlusconi government at mid-term: a miracle just around the corner? Mediterranean Politics, 10 (1). pp. 109-115. ISSN 1362-9395

Forza Italia a dieci anni dalla fondazione
Hopkin, Jonathan (2005) Forza Italia a dieci anni dalla fondazione. In: Guarnieri, C. and Newell, J. L., (eds.) Politica in Italia 2005: I Fatti e Le Interpretazioni. Il Mulino, Bologna, Italy, pp. 101-120. ISBN 9788815106315

Forza Italia ten years on
Hopkin, Jonathan (2005) Forza Italia ten years on. In: Guarnieri, Carlo and Newell, James L., (eds.) Quo Vadis? Italian politics,20. Berghahn, Oxford, UK, pp. 102-127. ISBN 9781845451370

I regno unito
Hopkin, Jonathan (2005) I regno unito. In: Vassallo, S., (ed.) Sistemi Politici Comparati. Il Mulino, Bologna, Italy, pp. 127-154. ISBN 9788815107855

The Presidentialization of Spanish democracy: sources of Prime Ministerial power in Post-Franco Spain
van Biezen, Ingrid and Hopkin, Jonathan (2005) The Presidentialization of Spanish democracy: sources of Prime Ministerial power in Post-Franco Spain. In: Poguntke, Thomas and Webb, Paul, (eds.) The Presidentialization of Politics in Democratic Societies? Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 107-127.

Towards a chequebook democracy? Business, parties and the funding of politics in Italy and the United States
Hopkin, Jonathan (2005) Towards a chequebook democracy? Business, parties and the funding of politics in Italy and the United States. Journal of Modern Italian Studies, 10 (1). pp. 43-58. ISSN 1354-571X

La democrazia di partito nei paesi industriali avanzati: una discussione
Hopkin, Jonathan (2004) La democrazia di partito nei paesi industriali avanzati: una discussione. Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, 3 . pp. 491-502. ISSN 0048-8402

The problem with party finance : theoretical perspectives on the funding of party politics
Hopkin, Jonathan (2004) The problem with party finance : theoretical perspectives on the funding of party politics. Party Politics, 10 (6). pp. 627-651. ISSN 1460-3683

From Consensus to Competition: The Changing Nature of Democracy in the Spanish Transition
Hopkin, Jonathan (2004) From Consensus to Competition: The Changing Nature of Democracy in the Spanish Transition. In: Balfour, Sebastian, (ed.) The Politics of Contemporary Spain. Routledge/Canada Blanch Studies on Contemporary Spain. Routledge, London, pp. 6-26. ISBN 0415356776

La globalizzazione e il mutamento della socialdemocrazia
Hopkin, Jonathan and Blyth, M (2004) La globalizzazione e il mutamento della socialdemocrazia. Meridiana: Rivista di Storia e Scienze Sociali, 50-51 . pp. 41-70. ISSN 0394-4115

Paying for Party Response: Parties of the Centre-Right in Post-War Italy
Hopkin, Jonathan (2004) Paying for Party Response: Parties of the Centre-Right in Post-War Italy. In: Lawson, Kay and Poguntke, Thomas, (eds.) How Political Parties Respond to Voters: Interest Aggregation Revisited. Routledge Research in Comparative Politics,Vol. 1.1st ed., Routledge, London, pp. 176-197. ISBN 0415347971

Political decentralisation, electoral change and party organisational adaptation: a framework for analysis
Hopkin, Jonathan (2003) Political decentralisation, electoral change and party organisational adaptation: a framework for analysis. European Urban and Regional Studies, 10 (3). pp. 227-237. ISSN 1461-7145

Political decentralisation and party organisational adaptation: a framework for analysis
Hopkin, Jonathan (2002) Political decentralisation and party organisational adaptation: a framework for analysis. Devolution and Constitutional Change, Economic and Social Research Council, Edinburgh, UK.

The economics of political integrity: a critique of Hudson and Jones
Hopkin, Jonathan (2002) The economics of political integrity: a critique of Hudson and Jones. Political Studies, 50 (3). pp. 573-578. ISSN 0032-3217

A crisis of institutionalization: the collapse of the UCD in Spain
Hopkin, Jonathan and Gunther, Richard (2002) A crisis of institutionalization: the collapse of the UCD in Spain. In: Gunther, Richard, Montero, José and Linz, Juan, (eds.) Political Parties: Old Concepts and New Challenges. Comparative politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 191-232. ISBN 9780198296690

Comparative methods
Hopkin, Jonathan (2002) Comparative methods. In: Marsh, David and Stoker, Gerry, (eds.) Theory and Methods in Political Science. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 249-270. ISBN 9780333948569

States, markets and corruption: a review of some recent literature
Hopkin, Jonathan (2002) States, markets and corruption: a review of some recent literature. Review of International Political Economy, 9 (3). pp. 574-590. ISSN 0969-2290

Bringing the members back in? Democratizing candidate selection in Britain and Spain
Hopkin, Jonathan (2001) Bringing the members back in? Democratizing candidate selection in Britain and Spain. Party Politics, 7 (3). pp. 343-361. ISSN 1460-3683

From patronage to clientelism: comparing the Italian and Spanish experiences
Hopkin, Jonathan and Mastropaolo, Alfio (2001) From patronage to clientelism: comparing the Italian and Spanish experiences. In: Piattoni, Simona, (ed.) Clientelism, Interests, and Democratic Representation. Cambridge studies in comparative politics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 152-171. ISBN 9780521804776

A ‘Southern model’ of electoral mobilisation?: clientelism and electoral politics in post-Franco Spain
Hopkin, Jonathan (2001) A ‘Southern model’ of electoral mobilisation?: clientelism and electoral politics in post-Franco Spain. West European Politics, 24 (1). pp. 115-136. ISSN 1743-9655

The business firm model of party organisation: cases from Spain and Italy
Hopkin, Jonathan and Paolucci, Caterina (1999) The business firm model of party organisation: cases from Spain and Italy. European Journal of Political Research, 35 (3). pp. 307-339. ISSN 0304-4130

Party formation and democratic transition in Spain: the creation and collapse of the Union of the Democratic Centre
Hopkin, Jonathan (1999) Party formation and democratic transition in Spain: the creation and collapse of the Union of the Democratic Centre. Palgrave Macmillan Press, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780333717097

Spain: political parties in a young democracy
Hopkin, Jonathan (1999) Spain: political parties in a young democracy. In: Broughton, David and Donovan, Mark, (eds.) Changing Party Systems in Western Europe. Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd, London, pp. 207-231. ISBN 9781855673281

Political parties, political corruption, and the economic theory of democracy
Hopkin, Jonathan (1997) Political parties, political corruption, and the economic theory of democracy. Crime, Law and Social Change, 27 (3-4). pp. 255-274. ISSN 0925-4994

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