PostdoctorDepartment of Political
About Stephen Dawson
I am an associate researcher at the Department of Political Science. My research focuses on comparative politics, accountability, and the conduct of elections. I am affiliated with the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute and the Knowledge Resistance (KR) project.
Currently I am involved in several research projects which consider the legitimacy of political leaders, the politics of protected areas, and misconduct in political parties.
In February 2022, I defended my PhD dissertation, “Perceptions of Political Competition and the Integrity of Elections.” In this project, I assess the consequences of close elections – and information indicative of them such as opinion polls – for the conduct of elections and voting behaviour across several national contexts.
Perceptions of opinion poll credibility: The role of partisan
Party Politics - 2023
Electoral competition, political parties and clientelism: evidence from local elections in South
Electoral fraud and the paradox of political
Journal of Elections Public Opinion and Parties - 2022
Poll Wars: Perceptions of Poll Credibility and Voting
The International Journal of Press/Politics - 2022
Perceptions of Political Competition and the Integrity of
Electoral Rules and Corruption: A
Opinion polls and election predictions in the 2018 Swedish General