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Betül Demirkaya

Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Institutions
  • Formal Theory


Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis. 2017.


In my research, I examine questions related to comparative political institutions and democratic representation using formal theory, quantitative methods, and computational text analysis. In my published work, I have addressed questions related to the various ways in which political institutions shape the incentives of the politicians and the voters: What are the conditions under which opposition parties enhance government responsiveness? How do electoral rules influence the entry decision of the political parties and the voting decision of the citizens? What are the implications of electoral rules for minority representation?


  • Ainsley, Caitlin, Clifford J. Carrubba, Brian F. Crisp, Betul Demirkaya, Matthew J. Gabel and Dino Hadzic. 2020. "Roll Call Vote Selection: Implications for the Study of Legislative Politics." American Political Science Review 114(3):691-706.
  • Crisp, Brian F. and Betul Demirkaya. 2020. “Strategic Entry and Strategic Voting in Majoritarian Systems.” Journal of Politics 82(1):57-71.
  • Demirkaya, Betul. 2019. “What is Opposition Good For?” Journal of Theoretical Politics 31(2):260- 280.
  • Crisp, Brian F., Betul Demirkaya, Leslie A. Schwindt-Bayer, and Courtney Millian. 2018. “The Role of Rules in Representation: Group Membership and Electoral Incentives.” British Journal of Political Science 48(1):47-67.
  • Tepe, Sultan and Betul Demirkaya. 2011. “(Not) Getting Religion: Has Political Science Lost Sight of Islam?” Politics and Religion 4(2):203-228.