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Leonardo Carella

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow in Politics

My research interests fall within the domain of comparative democratic politics, and can be broadly classified into two subfields. 

The first is the study of electoral institutions and their relationship to democratic outcomes. In my doctoral thesis, I investigated across three separate articles the relationship between features of electoral systems and descriptive representation, legislator behaviour and intra-party competition. In ongoing work, I am expanding this research agenda to encompass the study of historical electoral reforms.

The second is political sociology, with a particular focus on generational change and the role of cohort-level variables in shaping political behaviour and democratic representation. 

In my research, I employ quantitative methods, and I have a keen interest in the use of statistical techniques for social measurement.

I joined Nuffield College in October 2022, following a DPhil in Politics at Mansfield College, Oxford, an MPhil in European Politics at St. Antony's College, Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Politics and International Relations at University of Manchester. I will be spending Trinity Term 2024 as an External Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Chicago. 

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Carella, L. (2022) ‘Who Runs for Higher Office? Electoral Institutions and Level-Hopping Attempts in Germany’s State Legislatures’, Legislative Studies Quarterly

Carella, L. and Eggers, R. (2023) ‘Electoral Systems and Geographic Representation, British Journal of Political Science.

Carella, L. (2022) ‘The British Elections of 2019 : Not Quite What you Read in the Press’, The Political Quarterly

Carella, L. and Ford, R. (2020) ‘The Status Stratification of Radical Right Support: Reconsidering the Occupational Profile of UKIP’s Electorate’, Electoral Studies.

Cox, E. Raikes, L. and Carella, L. (2016) ‘The state of the North 2016: Building northern resilience in an era of global uncertainty’, IPPR.