Research Assistant 2021- 22

Updated: 11 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Oct 2021

The Institutions and Political Economy Research Group (located in the School of Economics at the University of Barcelona) seeks to fill up to one research assistant position linked to a European Research Council-financed five-year research project on a cross-national historical comparison of electoral systems, electoral behaviour and party systems in advanced democracies. The Principal Investigator is Professor Carles Boix and includes scientific collaboration with major centres of research in Europe and the United States.

The Principal Investigator is looking for young political scientists, historians, sociologists or economists – preferably with strong quantitative skills. The position will have a duration of 9 months (until June 2022). The research assistant is expected to work 37.5 hours per week. Salary comes with full social security benefits. The selected RA wil be required to be in residence for the entire period starting October 13, 2021.

The research program is focused on the emergence of mass parties, the choice of electoral institutions, and the final crystallization of different party systems in Europe and North America during the transition to mass democracy (1850-1940). The project will combine innovative statistical, historical and geocoding techniques to explain the formation of diverse party systems as the outcome of political choices made at particular critical junctures that involved the creation of nonsocialist and socialist parties, the mobilization of their corresponding electorates, and the strategic response of political elites (often through the manipulation of electoral laws and sometimes through the creation of new electoral coalitions).

The candidates interested in the position should submit a CV and a motivation letter. All applications submitted before October 1, 2021, will be granted full consideration. Please email them to: Ms. Anna Alsina, Institutions and Political Economy Research Group, University of Barcelona, . For further enquiries, candidates can contact the project’s academic coordinator, Prof. Guillem Riambau by email:

Gross salary per year



Partydemocracy - GA Nº 694318

FBG project number


Project title

The Birth of Party Democracy


Carles Boix Serra


Department of Economy and Business – UB

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Application letter, Curriculum vitae, etc.

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Anna Alsina

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