Brenda Van Coppenolle

I’m a Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. My research interests are political dynasties, elections, lotteries, political careers, and political inequality. I obtained my PhD at the Department of Methodology, LSE in 2014. My work has been published in World Politics, the Journal of Politics, Political Studies, Electoral Studies, French Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. I have studied political dynasties in parliaments, and the development of democratic institutions, in European countries such as France, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the UK. With Dr Alexandra Cirone I have worked on Political Lotteries and Democracy, under contract as part of the series Cambridge Elements in Political Economy at Cambridge University Press. A co-authored chapter on Dynasties with Prof Daniel M. Smith will form part of the edited volume The Oxford Handbook of Historical Political Economy.