Sam Depauw

Plein 5 - Room 2.63

Sam Depauw is assistant professor and postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is a specialist in the fields of legislative and electoral studies.

His current research focuses on the citizen-representative relationship and how it is shaped by the state structure, parliamentary organization, and electoral institutions. He recently coordinated a survey among national and regional legislators in fifteen countries (PartiRep - He is co-editor of Representing the People? (Oxford University Press 2014) and has published extensively on political representation, the personal vote, and party discipline in a.o. European Journal of Political Research, Comparative Political Studies, Political Behavior, and Electoral Studies.

Previously, he was a doctoral and postdoctoral researcher of the FWO-Flanders at the KU Leuven and a guest lecturer at the Universiteit Antwerpen. In 2014, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California - Davis. He was co-organiser of the 2014 ECPR Summer School on Parliaments at the VUB. 

He is a member of the advisory board of Acta Politica.


Politieke Partijen en Verkiezingen (3Ba)

Research Themes


A full list of publications can be found here.
A selection of recent publications:
André, A. & S. Depauw (2017) Too Much Choice, Too Little Impact: A Multilevel Analysis of the Contextual Determinants of Preference Voting. West European Politics, DOI:10.1080/01402382.2016.1271596.
André, A. & S. Depauw (2016) Looking beyond the district: The representation of geographical sub-constituencies across Europe. International Political Science Review, DOI:10.1177/0192 512116671527.
André, A. & S. Depauw (2016) The Quality of Representation and Satisfaction with Democracy: The Consequences of Citizen-Elite Policy and Process Congruence. Political Behavior, DOI: 10.1007/s11109-016-9360-x.
André, A., Depauw, S. & K. Deschouwer (2016) State structure and political representation: Comparing the views of statewide and sub-state legislators across 14 countries. European Journal of Political Research, 55(4), 866-84.
André, A., Depauw, S. & S. Martin (2016) The Classification of Electoral Systems: Bringing Legislators Back In. Electoral Studies, 42, 42-53.
André, A., Depauw, S. & S. Martin (2016) Trust is Good, Control is Better: Multiparty Government and Legislative Organization. Political Research Quarterly, 69(1), 108-20.
André, A., Bradbury, J. & S. Depauw (2015). Explaining Cooperation over Casework between Members of National and Regional Parliaments. Parliamentary Affairs, 68(4), 665-89.
André, A. & S. Depauw (2015). A Divided Nation? The 2014 Belgian Federal Elections. West European Politics, 38(1), 228-37.
André, A. & S. Depauw (2015). The Electoral Impact of Grassroots Activity in the 2012 Local Elections in Flanders. Acta Politica, 51(2), 131-52.
André, A., Depauw, S. & S. Beyens (2015). Party Loyalty and Electoral Dealignment. Party Politics, 21(6), 970-81.
André, A., Depauw, S. & S. Martin (2015). Electoral Systems and Legislators’ Constituency Effort. The Mediating Effect of Electoral Vulnerability. Comparative Political Studies, 48(4), 464-96.
André, A., Depauw, S., Shugart, M.S. & R. Chytilek (2015). Party Nomination Strategies in flexible-list systems : Do Preference Votes Matter? Party Politics, DOI: 10.1177/1354068 815610974.
André, A., Bradbury, J. & S. Depauw (2014). Constituency Service in Multi-Level Democracies. Regional and Federal Studies, 24(2), 129-50.
André, A. & S. Depauw (2014). District Magnitude and the Personal Vote. Electoral Studies, 35, 102-14.
André, A., Depauw, S. & K. Deschouwer (2014). Legislators’ Local Roots: Disentangling the Effect of District Magnitude. Party Politics, 20(6), 904-17.
André, A. & S. Depauw (2013). District Magnitude and Home Styles of Representation in European Democracies. West European Politics, 36(5), 986-1006.
André, A. & S. Depauw (2013). Electoral Competition and the Constituent-Representative Relationship. World Political Science Review, 9(1), 337-55.