Dr Filip Kostelka

Department of Government
Dr Filip Kostelka
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    +44 (0) 1206 873255

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    5A.137, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Wednesday 10-12



Filip Kostelka is Lecturer in Government. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Sciences Po, Paris where he is still an associate researcher at the Centre d'études européennes et de la politique comparée. He joined Essex in 2019 after predoctoral and postdoctoral research and teaching positions at the College of Europe, Bruges; University of Montreal; and University of Barcelona. His chief research interests lie in political behaviour, party systems, and democratisation. Among other topics, he studies why and when citizens (don't) vote or protest, and how different political and contextual factors (e.g., political regime change, institutional reform etc.) affect citizens' behaviour and attitudes (e.g., democratic satisfaction). His research has been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, or Comparative Political Studies, and publicised in media outlets such as Le Monde, Radio Canada, France Inter, or Euroactiv. For more details, see the personal webpage:


  • PhD Sciences Po, Paris, (2015)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Department of Government, University of Essex (2019 - present)

  • Co-convenor of speaker series, Department of Government, University of Essex (2019 - present)

Other academic

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institutions and Political Economy Research Group, University of Barcelona (2017 - 2018)

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Chair in Electoral Studies, University of Montreal (2016 - 2017)

  • Academic Assistant, Programme in European General Studies, College of Europe (2014 - 2015)

Research and professional activities

Research interests


Open to supervise

Political Behaviour

Open to supervise

Party systems

Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Scientific Reasoning for the Social Sciences (GV110)

  • Political Behaviour (GV202)

  • Democracy and the Media (GV374)

  • Democracy, Dictatorship and Regime Change (GV384)

  • The Politics of Public Policy (GV924)

  • MA Dissertation (GV993)

  • MRES Dissertation (GV995)


Journal articles (10)

Dassonneville, R. and Kostelka, F., (2020). The Cultural Sources of the Gender Gap in Voter Turnout. British Journal of Political Science, 1-22

Kostelka, F., Blais, A. and Gidengil, E., (2019). Has the gender gap in voter turnout really disappeared?. West European Politics. 42 (3), 437-463

Kostelka, F. and Rovny, J., (2019). It’s Not the Left: Ideology and Protest Participation in Old and New Democracies. Comparative Political Studies. 52 (11), 1677-1712

Stockemer, D., Blais, A., Kostelka, F. and Chhim, C., (2018). Voting in the Eurovision Song Contest. Politics. 38 (4), 428-442

Kostelka, F. and Blais, A., (2018). The Chicken and Egg Question: Satisfaction with Democracy and Voter Turnout. PS: Political Science and Politics. 51 (02), 370-376

Kostelka, F., (2017). Does Democratic Consolidation Lead to a Decline in Voter Turnout? Global Evidence Since 1939. American Political Science Review. 111 (04), 653-667

Kostelka, F., (2017). Distant souls: post-communist emigration and voter turnout. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 43 (7), 1061-1083

Polk, J., Rovny, J., Bakker, R., Edwards, E., Hooghe, L., Jolly, S., Koedam, J., Kostelka, F., Marks, G., Schumacher, G., Steenbergen, M., Vachudova, M. and Zilovic, M., (2017). Explaining the salience of anti-elitism and reducing political corruption for political parties in Europe with the 2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey data. Research & Politics. 4 (1), 205316801668691-205316801668691

Blais, A. and Kostelka, F., (2015). The decision to vote or abstain in the 2014 European elections. Revue européenne des sciences sociales (53-1), 79-94

Kostelka, F., (2014). The State of Political Participation in Post-Communist Democracies: Low but Surprisingly Little Biased Citizen Engagement. Europe - Asia Studies. 66 (6), 945-968

Book chapters (1)

Blais, A., Dassonneville, R. and Kostelka, F., (2020). Political Equality and Turnout. In: The Oxford Handbook of Political Representation in Liberal Democracies. Editors: Rohrschneider, R. and Thomassen, J., . Oxford University Press, USA. 396- 412. 0198825080. 9780198825081

Reports and Papers (1)

Kostelka, F. and Scott, C., (2016). The National Youth Election Survey Report: A Subgroup Analysis of Political and Civic Participation among Canadian Youth

Dataset (3)

Stephenson, L., Blais, A., Bol, D. and Kostelka, F., (2017).Making Electoral Democracy Work

Kostelka, F., (2017).Voter Turnout in New and Established Democracies 1939-2015

Bakker, R., Edwards, E., Hooghe, L., Jolly, S., Koedal, J., Kostelka, F., Marks, G., Polk, J., Rovny, J., Schumarcher, G., Steenbergen, M., Vachudova, M. and Zilovic, M., (2015).1999-2014 Chapel Hill Expert Survey Trend File

Other (1)

Kostelka, F., (2012).Territory and Electoral Rules in Post-communist Democracies. SOCIOLOGICKY CASOPIS-CZECH SOCIOLOGICAL REVIEW. 48(3)

Grants and funding


Political Causes of Economic Inequality

British Academy

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5A.137, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Wednesday 10-12

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