Stefanie Beyens is a PhD-student who is writing her dissertation on the survival chances of new political parties in advanced democracies. She studies new party survival from diverse theoretical and analytical perspectives such as distinctive organisational development depending on party origin, party family, and institutional access to the executive. To this end, she turns to a wide range of methods comprising of a case study analysis, (crisp set) qualitative comparative analyses, logistic regressions and survival analytical approaches such as Cox proportional hazard models. She is currently exploring the relationship between party discipline in new parties and their survival chances, which is related to earlier, collaborative work on party loyalty in the case of rising volatility.
Stefanie expanded and developed her research agenda to include electoral studies in collaboration with the research projects PARTIREP and Making Electoral Democracy Work, to which she contributes with investigations into the motivational underpinnings of strategic voting.
Stefanie holds a master’s degree in Politics (2008, summa cum laude, VUB) and one in Dutch and English Literature (2005, magna cum laude, VUB). Prior to her PhD career, she was a teaching assistant at the VUB’s Language Institute.
She has presented her work at numerous leading conferences and spent the fall semester of 2013-2014 as a visiting scholar at the Centre for Elections, Media and Participation at the University of Exeter.
A full list of publications can be found here.