Skip to main content

Ignacio Lago Peñas

ICREA Acadèmia 2018

Universitat Pompeu Fabra · Social & Behavioural Sciences

Ignacio Lago Peñas

Ignacio Lago is Professor of Political Science at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and Doctor-Miembro of Juan March Institute (Madrid). His recent publications have appeared in the British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Electoral Studies, European Journal of Political Economy, European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Regional Studies or Political Science Research and Methods. His latest books are The Oxford Handbook of Spanish Politics (editor, 2020, OUP) and The Handbook on Decentralization, Devolution and the State (editor, 2021, Edward Elgar). He has been visiting professor at universities in Australia, Canada, Portugal, Mexico and Argentina.

Research interests

Using mainly a quantitative and comparative approach, I examine the following issues:

- The political consequences of electoral laws: Institutional and sociological determinants of the number of parties that compete in a polity, strategic voting, partisan bias, coordination problems in electoral systems.

- Political Behaviour: Economic voting and accountability in mass elections, religious voting, determinants and consequences of turnout.

- Issues in Political Economy: Tax morale, composition of public spending, budget structure.

- Political Parties: Nationalization of parties and party systems, impact of decentralization on the organization of parties.

- Sports & Society: The convergence of sports and society.

- Decentralization: Consequences for governance.


Decentralization, Elections, Electoral Systems, Institutions, Nationalization

ICREA Memoir 2023