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Karina Kosiara-Pedersen

Karina Kosiara-Pedersen

Associate Professor

I hold a cand.scient.pol. (MA) from 1999 and a PhD from 2003 from the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. I study parties and elections, currently in particular party membership, party organizational development and candidate recruitment.

Keywords: Political parties, party organizations, party membership, elections, campaigning, comparative methods, empirical analysis, parliament, party systems, political behavior, political communication, electoral systems, democracy.

I teach ‘Introduction to Political Science’ to our great first semester students and MA courses within my research fields. I supervise at all levels.
I’m director of Center for Voting and Parties (CVAP) and sit on the Department’s Research Committee and PhD Committee.

Current research

Party membership

Party membership and parties' role in representative democracy is in transistion. At the aggregate level the number of members is declining but a number of individual parties are experiencing increasing membership figures. Who are the members? Why do they enroll? What do they do? Why do they participate? What are their political opinions? What do they think of intra-party democracy? Why are some of them on the way out of their party? These are some of the questions responded to in the FSE funded survey based project on Danish party membership.

Members and Activists of Political Parties (MAPP).

International research project with the leading party member survey scholars from Europe, Israel, Canada and Australien. The project has published a state-of-the-art book on party member research. Next step is to run the first comparative party member survey. For more information, see

Political Parties Data Base (PPDB)

International research project with leading party researchers from Europe, Israel, Canada and Australien. The project is led by Susan E. Scarrow (Houston), Paul Webb (Sussex) and Thomas Poguntke (Düsseldorf). The purpose of the project is to create a data base for all interested to use for studying parties comparatively. The project is also publishing a book as well as several articles. For more information, see


Selected publications

  1. Published
  2. Published

    Gender differences in Assessments of Party Leaders

    Kosiara-Pedersen, K. & Hansen, K. M. Jan 2015 In : Scandinavian Political Studies. 38, 1, p. 26-48 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    Party membership in Denmark: fluctuating membership figures and organizational stability

    Kosiara-Pedersen, K. 2015 Party Members and Activist. Haute, E. V. & Gauja, A. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 66-83 18 p. (Routledge Research on Social and Political Elites).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  4. Published

    Tremors, No Earthquake: The 2015 Danish Parliamentary Election

    Kosiara-Pedersen, K. 2015 In : West European Politics. p. 870-878

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  5. Published

    Cyber-campaigning in Denmark: Application and effects of candidate campaigning

    Hansen, K. M. & Kosiara-Pedersen, K. 25 Feb 2014 In : Journal of Information Technology and Politics. 11, 2, p. 206-219

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  6. Published

    Folketingsvalgkampen 2011 i perspektiv

    Hansen, K. M. (ed.) & Kosiara-Pedersen, K. (ed.) 8 Apr 2014 1 ed. København: Djøf Forlag. 436 p. (Studier i dansk politik; No. 3).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  7. Published

    The Impact of Having Children on Party Member Activism

    Kosiara-Pedersen, K. 2014 In : The Copernicus Journal of Political Studies. 1, 5, p. 87-100 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  8. Published

    Partimedlemmernes deltagelse og syn på partidemokrati 2000-2012

    Kosiara-Pedersen, K. 1 Sep 2014 In : Politica - Tidsskrift for politisk videnskab. 46, 3, p. 274-295 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  9. Published

    The Impact of Party Organisational Changes on Democracy

    Pedersen, K. & Allern, E. H. 2007 In : West European Politics. 30, 1, p. 68-92

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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