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Dr Christopher Wratil

Chris
Lecturer in European Politics
Room:
 2.02, 36-38 Gordon Sq.
Tel: 020 7679 9856 (x09856)
Email: c.wratil@ucl.ac.uk 
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Biography

Before joining UCL, I was a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, as well as a Thyssen Postdoc Fellow at the Center for Comparative Politics, University of Cologne. I obtained my Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as an M.Phil in European Politics and Society from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin. I also have work experience in the charity and foundations sector as well as in management consulting.

Research

My research interests are in democratic representation, political behavior and public opinion, with a special focus on politics in the European Union. I study how citizens form their political views towards and in response to democratic politics, and if, when, and how political elites adopt these views in their legislative behavior. My current projects cover politics in the Council of the EU, developing new concepts of democratic representation as well as studying citizens’ attitudes towards representation and politicians’ representative behaviour. I am also interested in new advances in quantitative methods in the areas of survey experiments, text analysis, multivariate measurement, and time-series-cross-section analysis. For my work on government responsiveness in the Council of the EU I received a “Best Article Award” by the American Political Science Association in 2018.

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Teaching

At UCL I teach modules in EU and comparative European politics. I am happy to supervise PhD students who want to work on politics and institutions in the EU or the member states, questions of democratic representation, public opinion formation or voting behaviour.