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REPRESENT is the Research Centre for the Study of Parties and Democracy – a collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham, under the direction of Dr Fernando Casal Bértoa and Dr William T Daniel (School of Politics and International Relations, Nottingham), as well as Prof. Tim Haughton (Department of Political Science and International Studies, Birmingham).

REPRESENT regularly hosts seminars series and workshops


Democracy is on the retreat in many parts of the globe. REPRESENT brings together an interdisciplinary network of scholars with an interest in collaborating on innovative research into key areas of challenge for political parties and the study of representative democracy, including: 

  • Declining political participation in established political parties;
  • A rise in populism, and; 
  • The effectiveness of democracy promotion.

Interdisciplinary work

We connect development studies, political science and area studies, bringing together leading experts from different regions (including Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia).

A ‘Hub’ for knowledge exchange and collaborations

It aims to increase the accessibility of academic expertise on democratization to policy-makers and practitioners, as well as to support researchers seeking to produce policy-relevant research on political parties and democratization.

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