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Professor Lawrence Ezrow

Position in departmentHead of Department
Staff positionProfessor
Telephone01206 873770
Office hoursTuesday 12-2pm

Research interests: political representation, parties' election strategies, and political institutions.

His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of Political Research, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Party Politics, West European Politics, and World Politics. 


BA (with honours), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MA, Ph.D.,  University of California, Santa Barbara

Current research

Research interests

Teaching responsibilities

GV163 Introduction to United States


Ezrow, Lawrence, and Timothy Hellwig. Forthcoming. “Responding to Voters or Responding to Markets? Political Parties and Public Opinion in an Era of Globalization.”International Studies Quarterly.

·                Washington Post Monkey Cage, July 21, 2014


Adams, James, Lawrence Ezrow, and Zeynep Somer-Topcu. Forthcoming. “Do Voters Respond to Party Manifestos or to a Wider Information Environment? An Analysis of Mass-elite Linkages on European Integration.” American Journal of Political Science


Ezrow, Lawrence, and Georgios Xezonakis. Forthcoming. “Satisfaction with Democracy and Voter Turnout: A Temporal Perspective.” Party Politics


Ezrow, Lawrence, Jonathan Homola, and Margit Tavits. 2014. “When Extremism Pays: Policy Positions, Voter Certainty, and Party Support in Postcommunist Europe.” Journal of Politics 76(2): 535-547. 


Ezrow, Lawrence, Margit Tavits, and Jonathan Homola. 2014. “Voter Polarization, Strength of Partisanship, and Support for Extreme Parties.” Comparative Political Studies 47(11): 1558-1583. 

·                Washington Post Monkey Cage, August 15, 2014 (“When does polarization matter?)


Adams, James, Lawrence Ezrow, Samuel Merrill, III, and Zeynep Somer-Topcu. 2013. “Does Collective Responsibility for Performance Alter Party Strategies? Policy-Seeking Strategies in Proportional Systems.” British Journal of Political Science 43(1): 1-23. 


Abney, Ronni, James Adams, Michael Clark, Malcolm Easton, Lawrence Ezrow, Spyros Kosmidis, and Anja Neundorf. 2013. “When Does Valence Matter? Heightened Valence Effects for Governing Parties during Election Campaigns.” Party Politics 19(1): 61-82.


Adams, James, Lawrence Ezrow, and Debra Leiter. 2012. “Partisan Sorting and Niche Parties in Europe.” West European Politics 35(6): 1272-1294.

Ezrow, Lawrence, and Georgios Xezonakis. 2011. “Citizen Satisfaction with Democracy and Parties’ Policy Offerings.” Comparative Political Studies 44(9): 1152-1178. 


Adams, James, Lawrence Ezrow, and Zeynep Somer-Topcu. 2011. “Is Anybody Listening? Evidence That Voters Do Not Respond to European Parties’ Policy Statements During Elections.” American Journal of Political Science 55(2): 370-382. 

·             2011 Best Article Award in the American Journal of Political Science

Ward, Hugh, Lawrence Ezrow, and Han Dorussen. 2011. “Globalization, Party Positions, and the Median Voter.” World Politics 63(3): 509-547. 

Ezrow, Lawrence, Catherine E. De Vries, Marco Steenbergen, and Erica E. Edwards. 2011. “Mean Voter Representation and Partisan Constituency Representation: Do Parties Respond to the Mean Voter Position or to their Supporters?” Party Politics 17(3): 275-301. 

Ezrow, Lawrence. 2011. “Reply to Dow: Party Positions, Votes, and the Mediating Role of Electoral Systems?” British Journal of Political Science 41: 448-452.

Ezrow, Lawrence. 2010. Linking Citizens and Parties: How Electoral Systems Matter for Political Representation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Budge, Ian, Lawrence Ezrow, and Michael McDonald. 2010. “Ideology, Party Factionalism and Policy Change: An Integrated Dynamic Theory.” British Journal of Political Science 40: 781-804. 

Adams, James, and Lawrence Ezrow. 2009. “Who do European Parties Represent? How Western European Parties Represent the Policy Preferences of Opinion Leaders.” Journal of Politics 71(1): 206-223. 

Ezrow, Lawrence. 2008. “Parties’ Policy Programmes and the Dog that Didn’t Bark: No Evidence that Proportional Systems Promote Extreme Party Positioning.” British Journal of Political Science 38(3): 479-497. 

Ezrow, Lawrence. 2008. “On the Inverse Relationship between Votes and Proximity for Niche Parties.” European Journal of Political Research 47(2): 206-220.

Ezrow, Lawrence. 2007. “The Variance Matters: How Party Systems Represent the Preferences of Voters.” Journal of Politics 69(1): 182-192.

Adams, James, Michael Clark, Lawrence Ezrow, and Garrett Glasgow. 2006. “Are Niche Parties Fundamentally Different from Mainstream Parties?: The Causes and Electoral Consequences of Western European Parties’ Policy Shifts, 1976-98.” American Journal of Political Science 50(3): 513-529.

Ezrow, Lawrence. 2005. “Are Moderate Parties Rewarded in Multiparty Systems?: A Pooled Analysis of Western European Elections, 1984-98.” European Journal of Political Research 44(6): 881-898.

Adams, James, Michael Clark, Lawrence Ezrow, and Garrett Glasgow. 2004. “Understanding Change and Stability in Party Ideologies: Do Parties Respond to Public Opinion or to Past Election Results?” British Journal of Political Science 34(4): 589-610.



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