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Csaba Nikolenyi, PhD

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

Csaba Nikolenyi, PhD
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2120
Website(s): Profile

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 Israeli Politics: Kalanterism in Comparative Perspective. (under review).

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).

Recent journal articles and book chapters

Csaba Nikolenyi (forthcoming). “Anti-Defection Laws and Government Termination in Parliamentary Democracies”, West European Politics (special issue on Parliaments and Government Termination)

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2020. “The End of Kalanterism? Defections and Government Instability in the Knesset” Israel Studies 25:2, 95-114.

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2020. “The 2018 Municipal Elections in Jerusalem: A Tale of Fragmentation and Polarization” Contemporary Review of the Middle East, 7:1, 6-24.

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2020.  “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 and Chen Friedberg. 2019. “Vehicles of Opposition Influence or Agents of the Governing Majority? Legislative Committees and Private Members’ Bills in the Hungarian Orszaggyules and the Israeli Knesset” Journal of Legislative Studies, 25:3, 358-74.

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

Csaba Nikolenyi. 2019. “Changing Patterns of Party Unity in the Knesset: The Consequences of the Israeli Anti-Defection Law”. Party Politics (Special issue on “Party Cohesion in Times of Party Transformation), 25:5, 712-23.

Csaba Nikolenyi.2018. “Keeping Parties Together? The Evolution 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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