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Matt Qvortrup is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Coventry University. An expert in referendums, European 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 an 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, European Politics, Democracy.

Research Interests

Referendums; Europe; European Politics; Constitutions; Democracy; 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. Politics, like medicine and engineering, is not just neutral reflection (though that is important too) but a practical discipline devoted to making our dreams of a better world come true. For political scientists to do this, they must rely insights from disciplines ranging from historiography, philosophy and law to economics and statistics.


Education/Academic qualification

Politics, University of Oxford


  • JA Political science (General)
  • History of Democracy
  • Constitutional Law
  • Referendums
  • Democracy
  • Plebiscites
  • Europe

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Research Output 2014 2019

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

Referendums and Public Policy: Do more opportunities for direct participation affect policy outcomes?

Qvortrup, M., Dec 2019, In : European Political Science. 18, 4, p. 617–629 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

public policy

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

The Referendum: - and Other Essays in Constitutional Politics

Qvortrup, M., 2 May 2019, 1 ed. Oxford: Hart Publishing. 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

political direction
historical development

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


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