Petar Bankov

Contact

p.bankov.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Adam Smith Building

School of Social & Political Sciences

University of Glasgow

G12 8RT

Research title

‘Red Belts’ anywhere? The electoral geography of European radical left parties since 1989

Research summary

PhD Topic

The electoral geography of European radical left parties

Research Interests

  • Comparative politics
  • Political geography
  • Regional and local governance
  • Internal party politics
  • Left-wing parties
  • Central and Eastern Europe

Abstract

My project traces the sources for the electoral geography of European radical left parties since the fall of the USSR in the late 1980s. Its main aim is to test three major hypotheses, related to the relevance of social context, institutional factors, and organizational capabilities for the particular territorial distribution of their electoral support. This is important, as the project addresses the broader theoretical debate on whether the electoral performance of small parties is product of their own organizational and ideological efforts, or it remains largely susceptible to external socio-political influences.


Grants

Grants

  • Overseas Fieldwork Allowance, Economic and Social Research Council via Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences, 2017, £3,500
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentship via the "Politics and International Relations" Pathway 2016-2018
  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for the International Masters in Russian, Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow and at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, 2012-2014, €20,000

Sponsor / Funder

Economic and Social Research Council


Conferences

Conference, workshop and panel participation 

  • Bankov, P. (2016), The Variety of electoral success of radical left parties in South-East Europe. Paper given at the 14th International Postgraduate Conference on Central and Eastern Europe at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London, UK
  • Bankov, P. (2016), Red squares everywhere: evaluating the sub-national territorial variation of electoral performance of European radical left parties at the Annual conference of the Political Studies Association of Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast, UK
  • Bankov, P. (2016), Red squares everywhere: evaluating the sub-national territorial variation of electoral performance of European radical left parties at the International workshop “Europe’s New Radical Left in Times of Crisis”, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Bankov, P. (2016), The variety of electoral success of radical left parties in South-East Europe. Panel talk at New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Bankov, P. (2017), Red squares everywhere? Patterns and sources for the electoral geography of European radical left parties. Presentation at the Politics Seminar Series at the University of Glasgow, UK

Teaching

  • School of Social and Political Sciences, Honours, “The Politics of the Left in Europe”, 2018 (Seminar lecturer)
  • School of Social and Political Sciences, Level 1, “Politics 1B: Comparative Politics”, 2016-present (GTA)
  • School of Social and Political Sciences, Level 1, “Politics 1A: Introduction to Liberal Democracy”, 2015-present (GTA)

Additional information

I hold a BA in International Relations from the University of Sofia (Bulgaria) and a joint International Masters in Russian, Central, and East European Studies from the University of Glasgow and MA in European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland). It is my research for this double degree program that raised my interest in electoral geography and party politics. My postgraduate thesis focused on the organisational and ideological transformation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party following the fall of the authoritarian communist regime and highlighted the importance of regional and local party organisation and its role within communities for the electoral recovery of communist successor parties. My current research expands this topic towards the electoral geographies of the European radical left. This current work increased my interest in regional and local governance and the role of ideology for local party organisations in this largely de-politicised environment. Apart from my academic research, I also have professional experience in non-formal education promoting intercultural exchange.