Matt Qvortrup


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  • 34 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
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Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Applied Political Science and International Relations at Coventry University. An expert in referendums, German politics and comparative government, Professor Qvortrup was awarded the PSA Prize in 2013 for his research on political institutions and policy outputs. His book Angela Merkel: Europe's Most Influential Leader was translated into Russian, Chinese and Korean. During 2015 Matt was a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee. He has previously worked as member of President Obama’s Special Envoy Team in Africa (2009-2010). Before his career as an academic Dr Qvortrup served as Head of the Gun Crime Section in the British Home Office (2002-2004) and before that as a Special Advisor to the Home Secretary (Minister for the Interior)

Professor Qvortrup earned his doctorate in Politics at Brasenose College, University of Oxford in 2000. Also a qualified lawyer, he holds a Diploma from the College of Law, London.

A frequent commentator for the BBC, Professor Qvortrup is also a regular contributor to Philosophy Now.


Area of Expertise:


Political Institutions, Comparative Politics, Referendums, German Politics

Research Interests

Referendums; Peace-Studies; Comparative Politics

Vision Statement

“The state is a partnership of families living together and its object is a full and independent life”. This is how Aristotle (386-322 BC) summed up the role of politics. It is also how I see the world. I am a political scientist who believes political institutions and constitutions that can improve the lives of all – especially those who are victims of war, poverty and other forms of hardship. Politics is not just neutral reflection but a practical discipline devoted to making our dreams of a better world come true.

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, University of Oxford


  • JA Political science (General)

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Research Output 2014 2019

  • 34 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 11 Article
  • 3 Book
  • 3 Chapter
  • 1 Anthology or Edited Book

The Logic of Domestic Terrorism Revisited: A Response to a Critic

Qvortrup, M. 7 Jan 2019 In : Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

political violence

Consociationalism and power-sharing in Europe: Arend Lijphart's theory of political accommodation

Jakala, M. (ed.), Kuzu, D. (ed.) & Qvortrup, M. (ed.) 2018 (Accepted/In press) 1 ed. London: Palgrave. 206 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

comparative political science
university teacher

Direct Democracy and Referendums

Qvortrup, M. 26 Apr 2018 The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems. Herron, E., Pekkanen, R. & Shugart, M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 365-385 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Direct democracy

Explaining the Paradox of Plebiscites

Qvortrup, M., O Leary, B. & Wintrobe, R. 10 Aug 2018 In : Government and Opposition. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Government by Referendum

Qvortrup, M. 18 Mar 2018 Manchester: Manchester University Press. 100 p. (Pocket Politics)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

direct democracy
historical analysis


Oxford University Press Law Prize

Matt Qvortrup (Recipient), 6 Jun 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

PSA Best Article Prize

Matt Qvortrup (Recipient), 1 Mar 2013

Prize: National/international honour