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Harvard and Sydney Universities
Comparative politics, democracy and democratization, public opinion and political behavior, elections and voting behavior, gender politics, political communications
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About Me

PIPPA NORRIS is a comparative political scientist who has taught at Harvard for more than two decades. She is Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and Director of the Electoral Integrity project. She is ranked the 4th most cited political scientist worldwide, with an ‘h’ index of 79 (see  Google scholar for details).


Honors include award of the 2014 Karl Deutsch award by IPSA, the 2011 Johan Skytte prize in political science, with Ronald Inglehart, the 2011 Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship, a ‘special recognition’ award by the UK Political Science Association, and a Doctor honoris causa by the University of Edinburgh. Book awards include the 2006 Doris A. Graber award for the best book in political communications (for A Virtuous Circle), and the Virginia Hodgkinson prize from the Independent Sector (for Sacred and Secular).

Her research compares public opinion and elections, political institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communications in many countries worldwide.  She directs a multimillion dollar research project,, funded 2012-2017 by the Australian Research Council.

Recent Publications

A well-known public speaker and prolific author, she has published more than forty books. This includes a series for Cambridge University Press: A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Postindustrial Societies, Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty and the Internet Worldwide  (2001), Democratic Phoenix: Political Activism Worldwide (2002) and Rising Tide: Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around the Globe (with Ronald Inglehart, 2003), Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior (2004), Sacred and Secular: Religion and Politics Worldwide (with Ronald Inglehart, 2004, , Radical Right: Voters and Parties in the Electoral Market (2005), Driving Democracy: Do power-sharing institutions work? (2008) and Cosmopolitan Communications: Cultural Diversity in a Globalizing World (2009, with Ronald Inglehart), Democratic Deficit: Critical Citizens Revisited (2011), and Making Democratic Governance Work: The Impact of Regimes on Prosperity, Welfare and Peace (2012), Why Electoral Integrity Matters (2014), and Why Elections Fail (2015). Her current book, Strengthening Electoral Integrity, is the final volume in a CUP trilogy.

Other authored or coauthored books include Contentious Elections (Routledge 2015), Comparing Democracy 4 (Sage 2014), Challenges of Electoral Integrity (Oxford University Press 2014), On Message (1999), Electoral Change Since 1945 (1997), Political Recruitment (1995), British By-elections (1990), Politics and Sexual Equality (1986).  Edited books include Public Sentinel: News Media and the Governance Agenda (World Bank 2010), Britain Votes 2005 (co-edited with Christopher Wlezien, 2005), Framing Terrorism (2003), Britain Votes 2001 (2001), Critical Citizens (1999), Critical Elections (1999), The Politics of News (1998, 2nd edition 2007), Elections and Voting Behaviour (1998), Britain Votes 1997 (1997), Women, Media and Politics (1997), Politics and the Press (1997), Passages to Power (1997), Comparing Democracies (1996, 2nd ed. 2002, 3rd edition 2009), Women in Politics (1996), Different Voices, Different Lives (1994), Gender and Party Politics (1993), British Elections & Parties Yearbook (1991, 1992, 1993). Forthcoming edited books include Checkbook Elections? Political Finance in Comparative Perspective (2016) and Election Watchdogs.

Her work has been published in more than a dozen languages. Journals articles include those in the British Journal for Political Science, Political Studies, Political Communication, the European Journal of Political Research, the International Political Science Review, Electoral Studies and Legislative Studies, and she co-founded The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics.


Media Coverage

Her news commentary blogs have appeared in many outlets, including the Washington Post/Monkey Cage, and The Conversation. She has also commentated through many broadcasting outlets including BBC TV News, Sky News, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio, and others.


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