Professor Jonathan Hopkin

Professor Jonathan Hopkin

Professor of Comparative Politics

Department of Government

Room No
CBG 6.01
Office Hours
Mondays 14:00 -15:30
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Key Expertise
Political Parties, Corruption, Political Decentralization, Southern Europe

About me

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

  • GV248: Power and Politics in the Modern World: Comparative Perspectives
  • GV4D4: The Politics of Inequality and Redistribution
  • GV4E2: Capitalism and Democracy