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Louis Stockwell


PhD Candidate

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I am a PhD Candidate & Associate Tutor in the Department of Politics and International Studies. I joined Warwick in 2021 after several years working in local government. I completed my BA(hons) in International Politics at the University of Huddersfield, and my MSc (cum laude) in Political Science at Leiden University, where my researchLink opens in a new window focused on the effect of unofficial/illegal plebiscites on legislator policy positions.


My doctoral research, 'Referendums and Politicisation: a Comparative Perspective' (provisional title), focusses on understanding the relationship between referendums, issue politicisation, polarisation, and political realignment in established democracies. I am supervised by Professor Ece Özlem AtikcanLink opens in a new window and Professor Michael SawardLink opens in a new window

Research interests
  • Comparative politics
  • Direct democracy and referendums
  • Politicisation
  • Polarisation
  • Cleavages and political realignment
  • Mixed-methods research
  • Time series analysis and causal inference
Awards and scholarships
  • Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) PhD Scholarship (2021), University of Warwick
Conference papers and invited talks
  • (Conference presentation) On the Efficacy of Referendums as Democratic Innovations. PAIS Research Conference (University of Warwick, 29/06/2022)

2022/23 academic year:

  • PO107 Introduction to Politics
Other activities