Dr Françoise Boucek, BA (Toronto), MSc, PhD (London: LSE)
Tel: 020 7882 8583
Location: Arts One, 2.24
Office Hours: Tuesday 3-4pm
Françoise grew up in France, graduated in business studies, moved to London in the mid-1970s and then Canada. After working in commerce and financial services as a research analyst and gaining her credentials from the Canadian Securities Institute she took a career break to raise a family and return to higher education. In 1988 she graduated with a BA in political science from the University of Toronto and returned to London where she completed an MSc in Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Having tried her hand as a university lecturer in the Department of Politics and Modern History at London Guildhall (now London Metropolitan) University, she returned to LSE in 1993 to complete a PhD part time. Her thesis which won the 2002 LSE’s William Robson Memorial Prize, focused on the impact of factionalism on dominant parties in Britain, Canada, Italy and Japan. At the LSE she worked as Research Officer in the LSE Public Policy Group, managed the LSE Internships Programme and lectured and taught in the Department of Government before joining Queen Mary in 2003. In April 2012 she was visiting professor at Private University of Witten Herdecke (Germany).
Her main areas of research are comparative politics, political parties and elections, intra-party politics and factionalism, coalitions, representative democracy, EU governance and political economy. Her most recent book is Factional Politics: How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize (Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 2012). She is also co-editor (with Matthijs Bogaards) of Dominant Political Parties and Democracy: Concepts, Measures, Cases and Comparisons (London: Routledge, 2010). She has appeared on BBC News radio and television, Sky News, Al-Jazeera, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Radio Canada, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Asahi Shibum, Pravda, the Canadian blogosphere and is a regular contributor to academic blogs European Politics and Policy and British Politics and Policy at LSE. Her favourite past-times are walking in nearby Epping Forest and the coastal paths of her native Brittany, or sipping a crisped glass of Sauvignon Blanc in her allotment.
Areas of interest
Comparative and European politics, political parties and elections, party competition, single-party dominance in mature and emerging democracies, factionalism and intra-party politics, coalitions and legislative bargaining, party cohesion, dissent and partisan politics in Europe, representative democracy, electoral systems and electoral reform, French politics and elections, European integration and the study of the EU including its institutions, system of governance (notably institutional responses to the euro zone crisis), policies and democratic representation, European parties and euroscepticism, group behaviour, intra-group conflict and decisional dilemmas, rational choice institutionalism and behavioural economics, focus group research, and gender equality in the workplace.
Current areas of research
My research focuses on political parties, especially the comparative study of factionalism in political science, its measurement and impact on dominant political parties, the conceptualisation and measurement of party dominance, the relationship between one-party dominance and factionalism particularly in Britain, Canada, Italy and Japan – the topic of my Oct 2012 monograph titled Factional Politics: How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize (Palgrave); the comparative study of dominant party systems and regimes, the relationship between one-party dominance and democracy in competitive and less competitive political systems – the topic of my 2010 co-edited volume with Matthijs Bogaards, Dominant Political Parties and Democracy: Concepts, Measures, Cases and Comparisons (Routledge), an ECPR collaborative project. At the moment I am focusing on the French 2017 presidential elections, studying fiscal federalism in the context of the EU's responses to the euro zone crisis and pursuing my work on the regulation of conflict inside political parties in majoritarian and non-majoritarian democracies.
Françoise Boucek (2012) Factional Politics: How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
- This title has been reviewed in Japanese Journal of Political Science (June 2014) by Ian Marsh (Australian National University); Party Politics (Sept 2014) by Andrea Ceron (State University of Milan); LSE Review of Books and Democratic Audit UK by Ulrich Sieberer (University of Konstanz)
Françoise Boucek and Matthijs Bogaards eds. (2010) Dominant Political Parties and Democracy: Concepts, Measures, Cases and Comparisons (Routledge/ECPR Studies in European Political Science), includes a chapter by myself on 'The Factional Politics of Dominant Parties'
Academic Journal Articles
Françoise Boucek (2010) ‘The Least Worst Option? The Pros and Cons of Coalition Government’, The Political Studies Political Insight Vol.1 (2) 48-51 (Wiley-Blackwell)
Françoise Boucek (2010) ‘The Factional Politics of Dominant Parties: Evidence from Britain, Italy and Japan’ in Bogaards and Boucek eds. Dominant Parties and Democracy: Concepts, Measures, Cases and Comparisons (Routledge) 117-139
Françoise Boucek (2010) ‘The intra-party dimension of dominance’ in Bogaards and Boucek eds. (2010) Dominant Political Parties and Democracy: Concepts, Measures, Cases and Comparisons (Routledge) 109-115
Françoise Boucek (2009) ‘Rethinking Factionalism: Typologies, Intra-Party Dynamics and Three Faces of Factionalism’ Party Politics Vol. 15 (4) 455-485 (68 citations)
Patrick Dunleavy and Françoise Boucek (2003) ‘Constructing the Number of Parties’, Party Politics Vol. 9 (3) 291-315 (96 citations)
Françoise Boucek (2002) ‘The structure and dynamics of intra-party politics in Europe’ in Paul Webb and Paul Lewis eds. Perspectives on European Politics and Society Vol. 3 (3) 55-95
Françoise Boucek (2003) ‘The structure and dynamics of intra-party politics in Europe’ in Paul Webb and Paul Lewis eds. Pan-European Perspectives on Party Politics (Brill: Leiden, Boston, Köln) pp 55-95 (13 citations Google Scholar)
Françoise Boucek (1998) ‘Electoral and parliamentary aspects of dominant party systems’ in Paul Pennings and Jan Erik Lane eds. Comparing Party System Change (Routledge: London and New York), 103-124. (19 citations Google Scholar)
Françoise Boucek (1993) ‘Developments in post-war French political economy: the continuing decline of dirigisme?’ in J. Sheldrake and P. Webb eds. State and Market: Aspects of Modern European Development (Dartmouth: Aldershot, Brookfield USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney) 67-86.
Other Academic Publications and Political Blogs
Françoise Boucek (26 Nov 2016) Fillon vs Juppé: What policy differences are there between the French centre-right’s candidates? EUROPP European Politics and Policy
Françoise Boucek (2 April 2015) Sarkozy's French local election victory sets the stage for the run up to the next presidential election' EUROPP European Politics and Policy
Françoise Boucek (30 Sept 2014) Sarkozy's Return to Politics Political Insight, Political Studies Association Blog
Françoise Boucek (15 April 2013), ‘Thatcher sowed disunity in the Conservative Party, the repercussions of which are still felt today’, British Politics and Policy at LSE
Françoise Boucek (22 Nov 2012) ‘The UMP’s disputed leadership election could have important implications for democratic politics in France’, EUROPP
Françoise Boucek (9 Oct 2012) ‘David Cameron is applying lessons from his party’s history in the Conservatives’ “Euro War”', EUROPP European Politics and Policy
Françoise Boucek (4 May 2012) ‘After an inconclusive debate, on the final day of the French presidential election campaign, Hollande is still ahead’, EUROPP
Françoise Boucek (11 April 2012), ‘The French elections are too close to call. Watch out left and right!’ EUROPP European Politics and Policy
Françoise Boucek (12 Jan 2012) ‘Canada’s constitutional war with Quebec over its sovereignty suggests that any campaign for Scottish independence will be long and attritional’, British Politics and Policy at LSE
Françoise Boucek (9 May 2011), ‘Alex Salmond would be wise to study Quebec’s travels down the road to independence. So far that road has led nowhere’, British Politics and Policy at LSE
Françoise Boucek (22 Oct 2010), ‘Can Anglo-French military cooperation fill the gaps of the Strategic Defence Review?' British Politics and Policy at LSE
Françoise Boucek (14 Sept 2010), ‘Once you recognize that coalition government is a European norm, and is likely to endure in the UK, further changes in British party politics look quite feasible’, British Politics and Policy at LSE
Françoise Boucek (13 May 2010), ‘Is Britain becoming another European consensus democracy?’, British Politics and Policy at LSE
Françoise Boucek (26 April 2010) ‘The Conservatives’ arguments against electoral reform’, British Politics and Policy at LSE
Françoise Boucek (29 Jul 2012) French Presidential Elections (2012) by Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Richard Nadeau and Eric Béranger (Palgrave Macmillan) EUROPP Book Reviews
Farrell David M. and Roger Scully (2007) Representing Europe’s Citizens? Electoral Institutions and the Failures of Parliamentary Representation, (Oxford University Press) in Journal of Common Market Studies, June 2008 (46) 3.
Sabine Saurugger ed. (2003) Les Modes de Représentation dans l’Union Européenne (Paris: l’Harmattan) in Journal of Common Market Studies 42(5) Dec. 2004.
Webb Paul, David Farrell and Ian Holliday eds. (2002)Political Parties in Advanced Industrial Democracies, in Political Studies Review Vol. 1(3) Sept.2003 (Blackwell)
Heywood Paul, Erik Jones and Martin Rhodes eds. (2002) Developments in West European Politics 2 (Palgrave), in Political Studies Review 1 (2), 244-255 April 2003
Mulé Rosa (2001) Political Parties, Games and Redistribution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) in Party Politics, Vol. 8 (2) 369-371 May 2002
Newell James ed. (2003) The Italian General Election of 2001: Berlusconi’s victory, (Manchester University Press) Political Studies Review Vol. 1(3) September 2003
Research Reports for Government Organisations
Patrick Dunleavy, Helen Margetts, Simon Bastow, Françoise Boucek and Rosie Campbell (2003) Report commissioned by the National Audit Office Difficult forms: how government agencies interact with citizens (London: NAO) HC 1145 2002-03. ISBN: 0102923604)
This includes a practical guide on ‘Improving and reviewing government forms’ and a ‘Report on Ten Focus Groups’. I was Team Leader responsible for all aspects of planning, organising and running 13 focus groups in different parts of the UK.
Data collection for quantitative survey of ministerial resignations published as Keith Dowding and Patrick Dumont (2009), The selection of ministers in Europe: hiring and firing (Routledge).
- Associate of the LSE Public Policy Group, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
- Visiting Professor in Comparative Political Science, Private University of Witten Herdecke, Germany (April 2012)
- The National Audit Office Research Reports for Government Organisations
- Team Leader responsible for all aspects of planning, organising and running 13 focus groups in different parts of the UK for following project:
- Report commissioned by the National Audit OfficeDifficult forms: how government agencies interact with citizens (London: NAO) HC 1145 2002-03. ISBN: 0102923604) authored by Patrick Dunleavy, Helen Margetts, Simon Bastow, Françoise Boucek and Rosie Campbell (2003) includes a practical guide on ‘Improving and reviewing government forms’ and a ‘Report on Ten Focus Groups’.
- 26-29 August 2015 European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference,
- I will present a paper titled 'The EU's sovereign debt crisis: classic intergovernmental bargaining or creeping fiscal federalism?' in Panel P358 'Studying Federations and Intergovernmental Relations in Canada and Europe' within Section S07 'Canadian and European Political Science in Conversation'
- 16-19 April 2015 Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Annual Conference,
- Chair and Discussant for Panel 8-19: Euro-skepticism and populism in the European Parliament
- University of Michigan (USA) Center for Southeast Asian Studies, 9-10 May 2014
- Invited to participate in symposium on ‘Dominant Party Regimes’ as Chair, Discussant and paper presenter.
- ECPR Annual Conference, Bordeaux Sciences PO (France) 4-7 Sept 2013
- I presented a paper in Section 6 (Challenges to Contemporary Party Democracy) Panel 173 (Internal Party Democracy in New and Established Democracies) titled ‘The Dilemmas of intra-party democracy: lessons from Italy, Japan and elsewhere.’
- Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 5 Feb 2013
- Launch of my single-author book Factional Politics: How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize (Palgrave) podcast
- Centre for European Research, Queen Mary University of London, April 2013
- I presented my book at event chaired by Lord Liddle
- Lewes Speakers Festival (UK), 14 July 2012:
- Chaired a discussion with Jonathan Meades, Jonathan Fenby and Theodore Dalrymple about ‘The future of French society after the May elections’
- Al-Jazeera (London studios) Election Night, May 2012
- Commentator for second round of French presidential elections won by François Hollande
- Université Libre de Bruxelles, CEVIPOL, Brussels (Belgium) 25 Nov 2011
- I presented findings from my forthcoming book Factional Politics: How Dominant Parties Implode or Stabilize (Palgrave) at seminar series of Centre d’Etudes de La Vie Politique (CEVIPOL)
- European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Joint Sessions of Workshops, St. Gallen (Switzerland) 12-18 April 2011
- Director of Workshop No 20: ‘Cohesion, Dissent and Partisan Politics in European Legislatures’ (co-Director in absentia: Prof Daniela Giannetti)
- British Politics and Policy at LSE, Spring 2010
- Participant in launch of new academic blog during 2010 Westminster general election campaign with colleagues in the LSE Public Policy Group; contributed several widely-circulated posts before and after the election
- Political Studies Association (PSA) Sept 2010
- Invited to write article (frequently cited) on coalition government for new academic journal Political Insight (Wiley-Blackwell) titled ‘The Least Worst Option? The Pros and Cons of Coalition Government’
- European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) General Conference, Potsdam (Germany) 10-12 Sept 2009
- Chair of Section No 52: ‘The Organisation of Conflict inside Political Parties’ featuring 8 separate panels (co-chair: Prof Richard Katz)
- Panel Chair: ‘Factionalism and Intra-party Conflict’
- Media experience: contributed articles to and/or interviewed by: BBC News radio and television, Al-Jazeera, Radio Canada Québec, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Asahi Shibum, Pravda, Dutch newspaper De Pers, Brazil’s Folha de São Paulo, (French) Radio Canada, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Danish trade union federation newspaper Ugebrevet A4 and UK ‘New Unionism Network’
- Regular contributor to academic blogs European Politics and Policy and British Politics and Policy at LSE and occasionally contributes to discussions on Election Blog Fruits and Votes directed by Prof. Matthew Shugart (University of California, San Diego)