Dr Roi Zur

Department of Government
Dr Roi Zur
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    5.017, Colchester Campus

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    Monday 12:30-14:30



I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. My primary field of study is Comparative Politics, focusing on voting behaviour, election strategies of political parties, political representation, and political institutions. My current research agenda focuses on the empirical implications of formal models of parties' electoral strategies. My second research agenda focuses on party politics in established and new democracies. Specifically, I am interested in the duration of party survival in parliaments. ​I also have a special interest in the politics of Israel. My work has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Political Behavior, Party Politics and others. At Essex, I teach about democratic institutions (GV121), electoral behaviour (GV303), and Israeli politics (GV525).


  • PhD University of California, Davis,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (1/1/2020 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Institutions of Democracy (GV121)

  • Electoral Behaviour (GV303)

  • Israeli Politics (GV525)


Journal articles (8)

Algara, C. and Zur, R., (2023). The Downsian roots of affective polarization. Electoral Studies. 82, 102581-102581

Zur, R. and Bakker, R., (2023). The Israeli parties' positions in comparative perspective. Party Politics

Adams, J., Merrill, S. and Zur, R., (2023). How much does issue salience matter? A model with applications to the UK elections. European Journal of Political Research

Vasilopoulou, S. and Zur, R., (2022). Electoral competition, the EU issue and far-right success in Western Europe. Political Behavior. 46 (1), 565-585

Zur, R., (2021). Stuck in the middle: Ideology, valence and the electoral failures of centrist parties. British Journal of Political Science. 51 (2), 706-723

Zur, R., (2021). The Multidimensional Disadvantages of Centrist Parties in Western Europe. Political Behavior. 43 (4), 1755-1777

ZUR, ROI., (2019). Party survival in parliament: Explaining party durability in lower‐house parliaments. European Journal of Political Research. 58 (3), 960-980

Zur, R., (2017). When Valence Crushes: Explaining the Electoral Failure of the German FDP in the 2013 Election. German Politics. 26 (3), 380-397

Book chapters (2)

Magyar, A., Wagner, S. and Zur, R., (2023). Party strategies Valence versus position. In: The Routledge Handbook of Political Parties. Routledge

Adams, J., Merrill, S. and Zur, R., (2020). The Spatial Voting Model. In: The SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations. Editors: Curini, L. and Franzese, R., . SAGE. 205- 223. 9781526459930

Grants and funding


How Parties Die? Political Parties Change and Mortality in Western Democracies

British Academy



5.017, Colchester Campus

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Monday 12:30-14:30

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