Dr. Ekaterina Rashkova
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Ekaterina R. Rashkova is an Assistant Professor of Public Governance and Management at Utrecht University. She earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, USA, in 2010 for a dissertation entitled ‘Political Learning and the Number of Parties: Why Age Matters’, which won the UniCredit and Universities Foundation Best CEE PhD Thesis Award in May 2011. She received a Bachelor in Economics and a Master in Political Economy and Public Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to taking her post at Utrecht, Ekaterina Rashkova worked as an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria (2013-2016) and held a three year post-doctoral fellowship at Leiden University, the Netherlands (2010-2013) before that. During the 2015-2016 academic year she conducted research on the effect of electoral regulation on party competition as a EURIAS fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study (NIAS).

Her research interests lie in electoral and party systems and the strategic behavior of political actors, institutions, party system development, party regulation and gender representation. In particular, she is interested in investigating what type of incentives and constraints various legislative frameworks provide and how these affect behavior of politicians. Her work compares new and established democracies and has appeared in Comparative European Politics, East European Politics, International Political Science Review, Party Politics, Political Studies, Representation as well as in several edited book volumes. At the moment she is working on a co-authored book about gender politics in South-Eastern Europe. She is a co-editor of the European Political Science journal. 

At Utrecht University, she is the Governance Board Member of the new Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) bachelor, which the University is launching in September 2018. As such, together with the other three Board Members, Ekaterinais responsible for development of the academic curriculum of this new bachelor degree, development of the promotional and selection strategies, and she will be one of the core teachers in the program. She is also member of the admissions committee. 

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Selected Publications: 

“Learning the Game: Explaining Party System Convergence in European Democracies”, Political Studies, 2014, 62 (4): 804-823. 

 “Deterring New Party Entry? The Impact of State Regulation on the Permeability of Party Systems” (with Ingrid van Biezen), Party Politics, 2014, 20 (6): 890-903.

“Ethnic Heterogeneity and Party System Size: a District-level Analysis”, Comparative European Politics, 2014, 12: 249-278.

“Party Regulation and the Conditioning of Small Political Parties: Evidence from Bulgaria” (with Maria Spirova), East European Politics, 2014, 30 (3): 315-329.

“Party Laws in Comparative Perspective: Evidence and Implications” (with Daniela Piccio and Fernando Casal-Bertoa) in I. van Biezen and H. ten Napel (eds.), Political Parties and Public Law, Leiden University Press, (in press, 2014).

“The World Upside Down: De-legitimizing Party Funding” (with Daniela Piccio, Fernando Casal Bertoa, and Fransje Molenaar), International Political Science Review, 2014,35 (3): 355-376.

“The Legal Regulation of Political Parties: Contesting or Promoting Legitimacy” (with Ingrid van Biezen), International Political Science Review, 2014, 35 (3): 263-272.

“When Less Means More: Influential Women of the Right - the Case of Bulgaria” (with Emilia Zankina) in K. Celis and S. Childs (eds.), Gender, Conservatism and Political Representation, ECPR Press, 2014. 

“Does Parity Exist in the 'Macho' World?: Party Regulation and Gender Representation in the Balkans” (with Emilia Zankina), Representation, 2013, 49 (4): 425-438.

“Gender Politics and Party Regulation: Quotas and Beyond” (with Ingrid van Biezen), Representation, 2013, 49 (4): 393-400.


 For a full list of publications, please check my website


Alle publicaties
  2017 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Rashkova, E. & Zankina, Emilia (20-02-2017). Are (Populist) Radical Right Parties Männerparteien? Evidence from Bulgaria. West European Politics, 40 (4).
  2015 - Wetenschappelijke publicaties
Rashkova, E. (2015). Women in Politics in Eastern Europe: A Changing Outlook. Women Policy and Political Leadership (pp. 87-94). Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung.
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Currently, Ekaterina is working on two research themes, which connect in the fact that they both study how institutions affect political behavior. The first theme researches how electoral rules encourage and constrain party behavior and how this affects party system development. Entitled "Electoral Law in Contemprary Central and Eastern Europe", this is a project funded by the Nachwuchsförderung grant from the University of Innsbruck, and which was for the most part executed at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS). The second theme researches gender politics in Southeastern Europe, and involves a series of studies, including an upcoming book on Gender Politics in Southeastern Europe, which Ekaterina is co-authoring with Dr. Emilia Zankina (AUBG). Most of the work on this second theme has been executed with the financial support of the Swarovski Research Foundation for the "Women in High Politics" project, which Ekaterina was awarded in 2015. 

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Utrecht University School of Governance (USG)
Bijlhouwerstraat 6
3511 ZC Utrecht
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 30 253 8988
Fax: +31 30 253 72 00

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