Work in Progress

  • During the academic year 2015-2016, Dr. Rashkova-Gerbrands is doing research on the effect of electoral institutions on party system development. In particular, her project examines the Electoral Laws of five Central European countries (Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) and five Southeast European countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia), how they regulate party competition and what variations we see between different states. Ultimately, she is interested in using the data collected from this project to examine new party entry, the success of small parties, and representation. Her work is supported by a EURIAS Junior Fellowship, which she is taking up at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), and by a Nachwuchsf√∂rderung Grant from the University of Innsbruck. More information about the project can be found on its website: http://politikwissenschaft-eld.uibk.ac.at.
  • Building on our previous work and interest on how institutions affect political behavior, we are now working on entangling issues linking leadership and governance with gender politics. In doing that, we are looking to identify conditions which affect how successful leaders are and to determine whether and how the institutional framework, which we argue determines the successfulness of leaders to a large extent, may or may not affect the gender balance in leadership positions. We are especially interested in examining the variation in the gender balance in leadership positions, or the lack thereof, between developed and developing democracies – first in Europe, then in other regions of the world.