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William Daniel

Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Will Daniel is Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. He was previously Assistant Professor of Political Science and Co-Coordinator of International Programs at Francis Marion University (South Carolina, USA). Will obtained his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013, where he was also affiliated with the University's European Union Center of Excellence. He holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, a BA in French and Political Science from Wake Forest University, and has also studied at The German School at Middlebury College.

Expertise Summary

Will's research and teaching interests are located at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations, with regional expertise in European politics. He is particularly interested in how the additional level of European governance effects change in the national political party systems and legislatures of European Union members and candidate member states. More broadly, he is interested in questions around how the individual backgrounds and identities of politicians and political elites informs and influences the institutions in which they serve.

Will's monograph, Career Behaviour and the European Parliament: All Roads Lead through Brussels?, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. Additional research has appeared in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, Party Politics, Journal of European Integration, The Journal of European Public Policy, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Research & Politics, and Politics & Gender.

Teaching Summary

At the Univesity of Nottingham, Will regularly provides teaching on the following modules:

  • POLI 1014 - Intro to Comparative Politics (module convener)
  • POLI 2014 - Crises and Controversies in European Politics
  • POLI 2047 - How Voters Decide
  • POLI 3121 - Gender and Political Representation

Current students can book on for office hours during term time, using the School of Politics and IR booking page.

Research Summary

Will's ongoing research examines how legislative politics at the European Union level brings about change in the national party systems of EU member states, as well as how national variation in party… read more

Selected Publications

Will is interested in supervising PhD projects in the following areas:

  • European Union and European integration
  • Legislative politics and political parties
  • Representation and the role of individual backgrounds
  • Political elites and careers paths
  • Mixed method research designs

Interested students should reach out directly by email to discuss project ideas.

Current Research

Will's ongoing research examines how legislative politics at the European Union level brings about change in the national party systems of EU member states, as well as how national variation in party systems coalesces in the European Parliament (EP). He's currently working on a variety of projects, including the role of individual backgrounds in the internal politics of the European Parliament, how the implementation of gender quotas impacts on both descriptive and substantive forms of representation in politics, and how the national identity of politicians and their support staff conditions the broader behaviour of EU-level institutions.

Past Research

Will's book, Career Behaviour and the European Parliament: All Roads Lead through Brussels?, was published by Oxford University Press in 2015. The project explores institutional change in the European Parliament and its effect on the career paths of its membership. To do so, he examines the role of legislative professionalization and national political party gatekeepers on the career behavior and advancement strategies of European Parliament legislators. The project uses a major new source of quantitative data that was collected on the personal and professional backgrounds of all European deputies, 1979-2014, that is publicly available. It also relies on over fifty qualitative interviews that were conducted with legislators and other political experts in Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Poland.

Related research on the legislative behavior of Members of the European Parliament that builds on this volume has appeared in JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, European Union Politics, Party Politics, Journal of European Integration, The Journal of European Public Policy, The Journal of Legislative Studies, Research & Politics, Politics & Gender, and in the form of various ongoing working papers and book chapters.

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