Concordia University


Csaba Nikolenyi, PhD

Professor, Political Science
Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

Trevor Browne
Office: S-SB 439 
Samuel Bronfman Building,
1590 Docteur Penfield
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8722
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Csaba Nikolenyi received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2000 and was hired by Concordia University the same year. His research focuses on the comparative study of political parties, electoral systems and legislatures in post-communist democracies as well as on the political systems of Israel and India. He was former English Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (2006-11). He served as Code Administrator in the Faculty of Arts and Science between 2009 and 2011 and as Chair of the Department of PoliticalScience between 2011 and 2014. Currently, he is the Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies. Dr. Nikolenyi has published extensively in comparative politics journals and has authored two books: Minority Government in India (Routledge 2010) and Institutional Design and Party Government inPost-Communist Democracies (Oxford University Press, 2014). He was Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007-8) and at the Centre for European Studies at the Australian National University (2012). 


PhD (University of British Columbia)

Research interests

Israel Studies
Legislative Studies
Comparative Party and Electoral Systems
Political Institutions

Research affiliations

Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (International Political Science Association)

SEDEPE (Selection and De-Selection of Political Elites)

Teaching activities

Undergraduate courses

Israeli Political System

Summer in Jerusalem Field School (

Comparative Political Parties and Party Systems

Post-Communist Societies

Comparative Electoral Systems

Graduate courses

Rational and Public Choice

Game Theory

Legislative Studies

Selected publications


Csaba Nikolenyi. Party Switching in IsraeliPolitics: Kalanterism in Comparative Perspective (under review)

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2014. Institutional Design and Party Government inPost-Communist     Europe.  (Oxford University Press)

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2010.  Minority Governments in India: The Puzzle of Elusive       Majorities.                   (London: Routledge).

Journal articles and chapters in edited volumes

Csaba Nikolenyi and Chen Friedberg (2019). “Vehicles of Opposition Influence or Agents of the   Governing Majority? LegislativeCommittees and Private Members’ Bills           in the   Hungarian Orszaggyules and theIsraeli Knesset” Journal of Legislative Studies.                             DOI:10.1080/13572334.2019.1662607

Csaba Nikolenyi (forthcoming).  “The Decline of the Hungarian Legislature since    2010”in "Strong Executives and Weak Parliaments:Legislative Decline in the 21st Century" edited by Irina Khmelko, Frederick Stapenhurst and Michael Mezey. Routledge.

Csaba Nikolenyi (2019) “Party Switching in Israel: Understanding the Split of theLabor     Party    in 2011” Contemporary Review of the Middle East, Volume 6 Issue 3-4, 408-22.

Csaba Nikolenyi (forthcoming in 2019) “The 2018 Municipal Elections in Jerusalem: A Tale of      Fragmentation andPolarization­­­­­” Contemporary Review of the Middle East

Csaba Nikolenyi(forthcoming) “The End of Kalanterism? Defections andGovernment      Instability in the Knesset”Israel Studies

Csaba Nikolenyi (2019). “Changing Patterns of Party Unity in the Knesset: The  Consequences of the Israeli Anti-DefectionLaw”. Party Politics. Special issue on “Party Cohesion in Times of Party Transformation”

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2018.“Keeping Parties Together? TheEvolution of Israel’s Anti-  Defection Law”.Polish Political Science Yearbook Special Issue on Israel Studies,        47: 2 (June-July 2018): 188-201.    

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