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Aleks Szczerbiak
Professor of Politics & Contemporary European Studies (Politics)
T: +44 (0)1273 678443 or +44 (0)1273 678578


Aleks’ main current research interests are:

•Central and East European politics

•Political parties and electoral politics

•Contemporary Polish politics and society

•The impact of European integration on domestic politics (including the politics of Euroscepticism)

•The politics of lustration, de-communisation and transitional justice in post-communist states

•Religion and politics in post-communist Poland

Aleks is willing to supervise and welcomes applications from doctoral students who are interested in researching these topics. 


He is currently supervising doctoral students working on the following subjects:

Corruption in Central and Eastern Europe: The influence of the European Union's enlargement conditionality on the control of corruption

Privatization in transition countries: understanding the role of informal networks and practices in former Yugoslav states

The Europeanization of Parliaments of Kosovo and Macedonia: Impact and institutional adaptations in law-making and oversight domains


In the past, Aleks has supervised doctoral students who have completed dissertations on the following topics:

Foreign Policy and Informed Public Opinion in South-Eastern Poland and Western Ukraine

Polish Public Opinion on European Integration, 2004 – 2006

A Comparative Approach Case Study of the Nature of the European Debate in Bulgaria

Centre-Right failure in new democracies: the case of the Romanian Democratic Convention

Paths to Populism: The Ideologies of Populist Parties in Europe

Explaining the Emergence of Eurosceptic Protest Movement Formation in Contemporary Europe: A Comparative Approach

The attitudes of political parties in Croatia and Serbia towards the EU in comparative perspective

Explaining European Union engagement with potential new member states

Political Catholicism and European Integration: The case of Poland in comparative perspective

The electoral success of the Justice and Development Party: The role of party organisation and strategy

How have the national party systems of Europe responded to the Eurozone crisis: A comparision between Germany, the UK, Ireland and Greece

Electoral participation in new democracies: a comparative perspective on Africa and post-communist states