Dr Luis Ramiro

Associate Professor in Politics

Luis Ramiro

BA (Politics and Sociology, Universidad Complutense, Madrid)

MSc (Social Research Methods, University of Surrey)

PhD (Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Florence)

Contact details

Office hours: Tuesday (12-1) and Thursday (2-3)

807, Attenborough Building


Research interests

My research interests are in the study of political behaviour, organizations and parties. I work on the political and organizational strategies of different political actors such as social movements, unions, and especially parties, on how they adapt to new environments and how they implement organizational innovations. In the field of political behaviour I am particularly interested in the analysis of political activism and involvement.

Current Research

I am currently working on a project on the vote for radical left parties in Western Europe since the end of the World War II.

PhD supervision

I am keen to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in political parties and other political and civil society organizations, and in different types of political behaviour (political participation in general, involvement in political organizations, elections, etc.). I am available also for supervision of students in areas related to the political institutions of Western Europe.

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  • PL3131 Political Parties in Western Democracies
  • PL2025 Quantitative Data Analysis
  • PL2024 Governing Societies in Conflict (with S. Hopkins)
  • PL2000 Political Analysis
  • Social Sciences Doctoral Training Programme/Quantitative Research

Recent publications

Ramiro, L. and R. Gómez. 2016. 'Radical Left Populism during the Great Recession: Podemos and its Competition with the Established Radical Left', Political Studies http://psx.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/06/30/0032321716647400

Gómez, R., L. Morales and L. Ramiro. 2016. 'Varieties of Radicalism. Examining the Diversity of Radical Left Parties and Voters in Western Europe', West European Politics 39(2): 351-379.


Ramiro, L. 2016. 'Support for Radical Left Parties in Western Europe: Social Background, Ideology and Political Orientations', European Political Science Review 8(1): 1-23.


Ramiro, L. 2016. ‘The effects of party primaries on electoral performance. The Spanish Socialist primaries in local elections’, Party Politics 22(1): 125-136.


Ramiro, L. and L. Morales. 2014. ‘Examining the 'demand' side of the market for political activism. Party and civil society grassroots activists in Spain’, Party Politics 20(4): 506-520.


Ramiro, L. and T. Verge. 2013. ‘Impulse and decadence of linkage processes: Evidence from the Spanish radical left’, South European Society and Politics 18(1): 41-60. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13608746.2012.757452

(Also published as a book chapter in Transformations of the Radical Left in Southern Europe. Bringing Society Back In? Edited by Myrto Tsakatika and Marco Lisi. London: Routledge, 2013. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415869805/)

Ramiro, L. and J. Font. 2012. ‘¿Una oportunidad para los pequeños? El voto a partidos pequeños en las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo’ (An opportunity for the smallest? The vote for small parties in the European Parliament elections), in Mariano Torcal and Joan Font (eds.), Las elecciones europeas de 2009. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. http://libreria.cis.es/libros/elecciones-europeas-2009/9788474765946/

Morales, L. and L. Ramiro. 2011. ‘Gaining Political Capital through Social Capital. Inclusion in Policy Making and Network Embeddedness of Immigrants’ Associations in Spain’, Mobilization 16(2):147-164. http://www.mobilization.sdsu.edu/volumes/Volume16.html#

Ramiro, L. 2011. ‘Socialist Parties’, in Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser and Leonardo Morlino (eds.), International Encyclopaedia of Political Science. London: Sage. http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book231996

Font, J. and L. Ramiro. 2011. ‘La concentración del voto de izquierda. ¿Cambio de preferencia o voto útil?’ (The concentration of the left-wing vote. Change of preferences or strategic voting?), in José Ramón Montero and Ignacio Lago (eds.), Elecciones generales de 2008. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. http://libreria.cis.es/libros/elecciones-generales-2008/9788474765502/

Ramiro, L. and L. Morales. 2010. ‘Spanish Parties and Democracy: Weak Party-Society Linkage and Intense Party-State Symbiosis’, in Kay Lawson (ed.) Political Parties and Democracy [Five Volumes], Westport: Praeger/Greenwood Publishing Group. http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?id=2147508343

Gómez-Reino, M., I. Llamazares, and L. Ramiro. 2008. ‘Euroscepticism and political parties in Spain’, in Paul Taggart and Aleks Szczerbiak (eds.), Opposing Europe? The Comparative Party Politics of Euroscepticism, volume 1: Case Studies and Country Surveys. Oxford: Oxford University Press. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199258307.do

Pérez-Nievas, S. and L. Ramiro. 2008. ‘L’Espagne’ (Spain), in Jean-Michel de Waele and Paul Magnette (eds.), Les démocraties européennes. Paris: Armand Colin. http://www.armand-colin.com/livre/345878/les-democraties-europeennes.php

Ramiro, L. and L. Morales. 2007. “European Integration and Spanish Parties: Elite Empowerment amidst Limited Adaptation”, in Thomas Poguntke, Nicholas Aylott, Elisabeth Carter, Robert Ladrech and Richard Luther (eds.), The Europeanization of National Political Parties: Power and Organizational Adaptation, London: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415401913/

Aylott, N., L. Morales and L. Ramiro. 2007. “Some Things Change, a Lot Stays the Same. Comparing the Country Studies”, in Thomas Poguntke, Nicholas Aylott, Elisabeth Carter, Robert Ladrech and Richard Luther (eds.), The Europeanization of National Political Parties: Power and Organizational Adaptation, London: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415401913/

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