Research

My research is focused on political problems facing Europe today, with a special focus on Euro crisis, since it has been affecting voting behaviour and party systems strongly for years. The rise of Euroscepticism, political parties in general, non-mainstream parties in particular and changing impact of Europe in voting behaviour have been my main research agenda. In addition to national political parties and elections, I specialize on European Parliament elections. I also collaborate in European Election Studies (2014 and 2019).

My PhD dissertation is mainly focused on how political parties position themselves (especially on European integration dimension) in times of economic crisis and how citizens vote in Southern Europe. The rise of Euroscepticism and anti-austerity sentiments in Southern Europe have been discussed in detail. The similarities (and differences) among these four countries (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) in electoral politics have been the core of the research, while testing for the impact of European integration on electoral dynamics.

I also work intensely on Turkey, with a special focus on elections and referendums in the country and its relations with the European Union and the United States.

Interests

  • Electoral Behaviour
  • Political Parties
  • Party Systems
  • European Parliament Elections
  • Euroscepticism and Populism
  • Southern Europe
  • Turkey and Turkey-EU Relations