Ainara Mancebo

I am a political scientist passionate about democracy theory and praxis. Two relevant academic aspects of my MA and PhD are democracy and the use of comparative approach. My research focuses on comparative democratization, relating to institutional change, party systems and party behavior in emerging democracies. In understanding the problems of democratic consolidation and state-building and the sustainability of party competition, as well as the various motivations of the political actors engaged in the process of institutional design. I completed my MA and PhD in political studies at the National Long Learning University (UNED Spain). Likewise, I received a BA in journalism from the University of Ramon Llull (Spain), a BA in contemporary history from University of Salamanca (Spain) and a postgraduate degree on external relations of the European Union from Université Libre de Bruxelles/James Madison College (Belgium). The main focus of my current research is to examine party behavior in parliamentary institutions. My scholarly work and multidisciplinary academic foundation are complemented by my professional background as journalist, lecturer and public affairs consultant, in Spain, France, US and South Africa.

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