Concordia University

Csaba Nikolenyi, PhD

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

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

Comparative Party and Electoral Systems.

Research affiliations
SEDEPE (Selection and De-Selection of Political Elites)

Teaching activities

POLI 202            Introduction to Political Science

POLI 217            Comparing Democracies

POLI 305            International Political Economy

POLI 307            Regional Integration and the State

POLI 329            American Foreign Policy

POLI 398R          Comparative Political Parties and Party Systems

POLI 484            Post-Communist Societies

POLI 487T          Comparative Electoral Systems

POLI 626/801     Seminar in Comparative Politics

POLI 643            Rational and Public Choice

Selected publications


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

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

Articles and book chapters

Csaba Nikolenyi. (2015). “GovernmentInvestiture in India: Formal Rule and Informal Practices”             in Shane Martin, Bjorn Erik Raschand Jose Cheibub, eds.,             Parliaments and Government             Formation: Unpacking InvestitureRules. Pp. 275-91.


Csaba Nikolenyi and Shaul Shenhav. (2015).“The Constitutionalization of Party Unity: The      Originsof the Anti-Defection Laws in India and Israel”. Journal of Legislative Studies              Accessible at:


Csaba Nikolenyi 2014. ‘Party SystemInstitutionalization in India’ in Allen Hicken and                Erik Kuhonta,             eds.Party System Institutionalization in Asia.Cambridge University    Press. PP.189-211.

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2014.“The Selection and De-Selection of Cabinet Ministers in India”                 in Keith Dowding and PatrickDumont, eds., The Selection and De-Selection of Political                      Elites Outside Europe. Routledge. PP.99-116.

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2013. ‘TheIsraeli Party System in Comparative Perspective: A Unique             Case    or Part of the West European Tradition?’ in David Tal, ed. Israeli        Identity:Between         Orient and Occident. Routledge.Pp. 65-82.

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2012.“When Electoral Reform Fails: The Stability of Proportional        Representation in Post-CommunistDemocracies” in Reuven Hazan and Monique         Leyenaar, eds., UnderstandingElectoral Reform (New York: Routledge), pp. 171-90.

CsabaNikolenyi. 2011. “When Electoral ReformFails: The Stability of Proportional         Representationin Post-Communist Democracies”. West EuropeanPolitics 34 (3):607-25.        2009

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