Hopkin, Jonathan

Dr Jonathan Hopkin  


Position held

Associate Professor of Comparative Politics


Experience keywords:

British politics; Southern European politics; inequality; political parties; redistribution; welfare states

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My research brings together two subfields of comparative politics: electoral and party politics on the one hand, and the political economy of redistribution and inequality on the other.

I have a particular interest on how political institutions affect the income distribution, which has informed research on political parties, clientelism and corruption in Southern Europe, and broader comparative work on the institutional determinants of inequality.

My current research revolves around two broad projects. The first draws on Hacker and Pierson’s concept of ‘Winner-Take-All Politics’ to examine the politics of growing inequality, and in particular top incomes, in Western Europe. It looks particular at changes in patterns of party competition and electoral mobilization and their impact on policy affecting the income distribution.

The second project looks at the effects of the financial crisis in the Eurozone on the four main Southern European member states, with a particular focus on how pressures for reform conflict with a well established set of institutions and practices in the political economy.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Britain; Italy; Spain


French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Italian [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 6535



Hopkin, Jonathan and Lynch, Julia (2017) Disembedding the Italian economy? Four trajectories of structural reform In: Evangelista, Matthew, (ed.) Italy from Crisis to Crisis. Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9781351586931

Hopkin, Jonathan and Rosamond, Ben (2017) Post-truth politics, bullshit and bad ideas: ‘Deficit Fetishism’ in the UK New Political Economy. 1-15. ISSN 1356-3467

Hopkin, Jonathan (2017) When Polanyi met Farage: Market fundamentalism, economic nationalism, and Britain’s exit from the European Union British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 19 (3). 465-478. ISSN 1369-1481


Hopkin, Jonathan and Lynch, Julia (2016) Winner-take-all politics in Europe? European inequality in comparative perspective Politics and Society, 44 (3). 335-343. ISSN 0032-3292

Hopkin, Jonathan and Alexander Shaw, Kate (2016) Organized combat or structural advantage? The politics of inequality and the winner-take-all economy in the United Kingdom Politics and Society, 44 (3). 345-371. ISSN 0032-3292


Hopkin, Jonathan and Moreno, Luis and Quiroga, Alejandro and Olivas, Jose Javier and Basta, Karlo and Costa-i-Font, Joan and Borrell Porta, Mireia (2015) Experts react: Catalan elections LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (28 Sep 2015) Blog entry

Hopkin, Jonathan and Lapuente, Victor and Moller, Lovisa (2014) Lower levels of inequality are linked with greater innovation in economies LSE American Politics and Policy (23 Jan 2014) Blog entry

Dunleavy, Patrick and 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

Dunleavy, Patrick and 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

Dunleavy, Patrick and 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

Dunleavy, Patrick and 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

Hopkin, Jonathan (2014) The politics of Piketty: what political science can learn from, and contribute to, the debate on Capital in the Twenty-First Century The British Journal of Sociology, 65 (4). 678-695. ISSN 0007-1315


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


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

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

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

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

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). 1-33. ISSN 0969-2290


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). 1-33. ISSN 0969-2290


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

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). 494-513. ISSN 0192-5121


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

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


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, 86-101. ISBN 9780230521629

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, 45-64. ISBN 9780415404990


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

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, 57-90. ISBN 9780742555013

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

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, 269-283.

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


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

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, 14-36. ISBN 9780719073304

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, 67-84. ISBN 9781845452667

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, 87-108. ISBN 9788815111012

Hopkin, Jonathan and Wincott, Daniel (2006) New Labour, economic reform and the European social model British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 8 (1). 50-68. ISSN 1369-1481

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


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

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

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

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, 101-120. ISBN 9788815106315

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). 43-58. ISSN 1354-571X

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, 107-127.

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, 375-396. ISBN 9780199257560


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

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

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, 6-26. ISBN 0415356776

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). Routledge, London, 176-197. ISBN 0415347971

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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, 152-171. ISBN 9780521804776

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

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


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

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, 207-231. ISBN 9781855673281

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). 307-339. ISSN 0304-4130


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

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