Csaba Nikolenyi, PhD
Professor, Political Science
Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
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)
Comparative Party and Electoral Systems
Research Committee of Legislative Specialists (International Political Science Association)
SEDEPE (Selection and De-Selection of Political Elites)
Israeli Political System
Summer in Jerusalem Field School (https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/research/azrieli-institute.html
Comparative Political Parties and Party Systems
Comparative Electoral Systems
Rational and Public Choice
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”https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819836037
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.