International Advisory Board

Stephen Whitefield

Stephen Whitefield is currently Head of Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, as well as Professor of Politics, University Lecturer in Politics, Rhodes Pelczynski Tutorial Fellow in Politics, Pembroke College. In 1990-1993 he was a lecturer at School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. After writing his doctorate in 1991 on Soviet political and economic institutions (published as "Industrial Power and the Soviet State" by Oxford University Press in 1993 - Ed A. Hewett Prizewinner), Dr. Whitefield has spent the last 20 years studying post-Communist politics and society via mass surveys conducted repeatedly in 13 post-Communist countries. On the way, he became interested in the character of post-Communist and now West European political parties, which he is also investigating (with Robert Rohrschneider at Indiana University, Bloomington) via expert surveys of their stances towards European integration and social inequality. These interests have expanded recently to include an Egyptian election study (in November 2011) and a study of how parties differ among themselves and over time in their emotional appeals to voters. His research interests are Russian and more broadly post-Communist comparative politics and societies, democratisation and consolidation, social inequality and its political consequences, political culture, political parties, partisanship and electoral choice. Dr. Whitefield has published number of book chapters, monographs and journal articles. His Recent publications include, "The Strain of Representation. How Parties Represent Diverse Voters" (with Robert Rohrschneider), Oxford University Press, Oxford, (forthcoming 2013). He has also edited the following publications: "Public Opinion, Party Competition and the European Union in Eastern Europe", (with Robert Rohrschneider), Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2006; "Political Culture and Post-Communism", Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2005; "The New Institutional Architecture of Eastern Europe", Macmillan, London 1993.