Welcome to my webpage. I am a Senior Researcher (Oberassistent) in Comparative Politics at the University of Zurich. I am also an Associate member of the Electoral Psychology Observatory at the London School of Economics. I am interested in all aspects of citizen behaviour, especially citizens’ attitudes towards democratic institutions, political parties, politicians and experts. My current research focuses on technocratic politics and the role independent experts have in democratic political systems. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in the European Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science and West European Politics, among others.
At the University of Zurich, I coordinate the research project on Technocratic Politics in the Chair of Comparative Politics. This includes the study of citizen attitudes towards experts, citizen preferences for expertise in politics and the role technocrats play in different established democracies. Findings from this project are forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science. The book “The Technocratic Challenge to Democracy” marks the first comparative study of technocratic politics and was recently published by Routledge (blog post at LSE’s European Politics and Policy EUROPP blog on the book).
My broader research interests extend to all political attitudes, especially political trust and distrust, partisanship and representation, and emerging challenges to democratic politics, such as populism and democratic backsliding. In this site you can find more information about my research interests, working papers and teaching.
I received my PhD in Government from the London School of Economics in 2016. I also hold an MSc in Political Communication from the London School of Economics (2007/08), a BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick (2004/07) and have worked as an analyst in international financial markets. When I am not discussing politics and social science research, my non-academic interests extend to cognitive psychology, animal behavior and all things related to nature and the outdoors! You can contact me via email at bertsou [at] ipz.uzh.ch or follow me on twitter @EriBertsou.