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Assistant Professor of Political Science
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
Department of Political Science
Areas of expertise: Comparative politics, political parties, party systems, elite and mass political behavior, elections in comparative perspective, and European politics
In the News
Should Americans be forced to vote?
March 19, 2015
New York Times
Is Mandatory Voting a Good Idea?
November 13, 2011
Why New Political Parties Sizzle or Fizzle
August 01, 2008
Bonnie Meguid is an expert on how mainstream political party strategic behavior affects the trajectory of niche parties (e.g., green, radical right and ethnoterritorial parties). Her book on this subject, Party Competition between Unequals: Strategies and Electoral Fortunes in Western Europe, was published in June 2008 by Cambridge University Press. She also studies the micro-level effects of issue salience and issue ownership on voter choice, and the causes and consequences of institutional reform focusing on political decentralization and compulsory voting.