Analysing political party development and voter attitudes towards political regimes

We conduct in-depth studies of political party development, behaviour and strategies alongside large-scale analyses of voter behaviour and attitudes towards political regimes and societies. This program brings together comparative political scientists at Griffith University from Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain who specialise in parties and elections.

Covering a wide range of countries, our work has been published in highly-ranked journals and we collaborate with colleagues from major universities across the globe. Our research currently includes projects funded by the Australian Research Council and the Swedish Research Council.

To further the study of elections and parties in Australia and beyond, we organise annual, invitation-only workshops on topics like the accountability and democracy in South East Asia and the relationship between populist and mainstream parties.


Europe’s Divided Right. Radical right populist parties in the European Parliament

This project investigates how and why Eurosceptic radical right populist parties have formed their current alliances in the 2014-19 European Parliament (EP), where they currently sit in three separate groups. The analysis is based on exclusive interviews with key figures from 14 parties in the ECR, EFDD and EFN parliamentary groups, conducted between 2014 and 2017, in addition to party position and EP voting behaviour as well as voter data.

Chief Investigators: Duncan McDonnell and Annika Werner

First article: "Respectable radicals” in Journal of European Public Policy 2017

External grants

Program participants have received external research funding


Democracy and accountability in South East Asia

Democracy continues to face major challenges in South East Asia. By the account of many observers of the region, the quality of democracy in most South East Asian countries has been deteriorating due to factors such as the rise of populist movements, a surge in religious sectarianism, illiberal sentiments, entrenchment of unaccountable political elites and the failure to attenuate deep-seated economic inequalities.

In the first of its annual workshops in December 2017, the People, Elections and Parties research group brings together internationally established academics to discuss recent developments and future perspectives for democratic accountability in the region. Drawing from the expertise of these prominent scholars in areas such as populism, political Islam, civil society, deliberative democracy, democratisation, political parties, social media and clientelism, this workshop aims to provide an opportunity for the participants to exchange ideas, disseminate their knowledge, network and identify areas for further collaboration.

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