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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
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I am a Professor at the Department of Political Science and Director of the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at Concordia University since 2011. I received my PhD from the University of British Columbia in 2000 and have been at Concordia University ever since. My research in Comparative Politics focusses on political parties and legislative politics in a variety of democratic settings such as Israel, Eastern Europe and India. In addition to my research articles, I have published two scholarly monographs, Minority Government in India (Routledge 2010) and Institutional Design and Party Government in Post-Communist Democracies (Oxford University Press, 2014) and my third book on Party Switching in Israeli Politics is currently under review. I am founding Series Editor of the McGill-Queen’s-Azrieli Institute Series in Israel Studies and was former English Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (2006-11). Currently, I am a member of the Editorial Board of the Israel Studies Journal and the Contemporary Review of the Middle East. I have won several research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and other agencies. My international appointments include a number of visiting and guest professorships including the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Australian National University, O.P Jindal Global University, and Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg. My recent service contributions include chairing the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship Selection Committee, chairing the Azrieli Foundation International Post-Doctoral Fellowship Committee (Social Sciences), having served as Chair of the Department of Political Science and serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Israel Studies.

In 2017, I pioneered the annual Summer in Jerusalem program, a unique international collaboration between the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and the Rothberg School of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


PhD (University of British Columbia)

Series Editor

McGill-Queen's - Azrieli Institute Series in Israel Studies

Research interests

Israel Studies
Legislative Studies
Comparative Party and Electoral Systems
Political Institutions

Research affiliations

Member of the Board of Directors, Association for Israel Studies

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 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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