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Csaba Nikolenyi, PhD

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

Csaba Nikolenyi, PhD
Trevor Browne
Office: S-SB 439 
Samuel Bronfman Building,
1590 Docteur Penfield
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 8722
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CsabaNikolenyi is Professor of Political Science and Director of the AzrieliInstitute of Israel Studies at Concordia University. He received his PhD fromthe University of British Columbia in 2000 and was hired by ConcordiaUniversity the same year. His research focuses on the comparative study ofpolitical parties, electoral systems and legislatures in post-communistdemocracies as well as on the political systems of Israel and India. He wasformer English Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science(2006-11). He served as Code Administrator in the Faculty of Arts and Sciencebetween 2009 and 201, as Chair of the Department of Political Science between2011 and 2014 and was Founding Co-Director of the Azrieli Institute of IsraelStudies. Dr. Nikolenyi has published extensively in comparative politicsjournals and has authored two books: Minority Government in India (Routledge2010) and Institutional Design and Party Government in Post-CommunistDemocracies (Oxford University Press, 2014). He was Visiting Professorat the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007-8, 2015-6) and at the Centre forEuropean 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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