Short CV/Education and training

  • Orit Kedar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her principal research interest lies in comparative politics. In particular, she is interested in electoral politics, the intersection of behavior and institutions, electoral systems, representation, and party systems. Other interests of hers include multi-level explanations in comparative politics, federalism, identity, European integration, and political methodology.

  • Her current research analyzes how electoral districts affect representation and party systems, focusing on district magnitude as key explanatory factor. The study is funded by the European Research Council and the Israel Science Foundation. Her past work examines various ways by which institutions mediate between voters and government. These include a study of voter choice under power sharing and coalition governments in parliamentary democracies and under presidential regimes. She teaches courses in comparative politics, and particularly in comparative electoral politics, electoral institutions, parliamentary democracy, elections in Europe, and European integration.

  • Her work appeared in such venues as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, Political Analysis, and Public Opinion Quarterly. Her book, Voting for Policy, Not Parties: How Voters Compensate for Power Sharing (2009, Cambridge University Press), proposes an institutionally embedded framework for analyzing voter choice. The book won APSA's Riker Award for best book in political economy. The project extends her dissertation, winner of the Noxon Toppan Award of Best Dissertation in Political Science, Harvard University. She also serves on the editorial boards of Electoral Studies and Political Analysis.

  • An Israeli citizen, Kedar is a graduate of Tel Aviv University (political science and economics.) She received her MA in political science from Brown University, and her Ph.D from Harvard's Government Department. Prior to joining the Hebrew University, she taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and at MIT. In between the two, she spent a year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Tel Aviv University.

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Selected publications


  • Voting for Policy, Not Parties: How Voters Compensate for Power Sharing. 2009, Cambridge University Press.

Articles in journals:

  • "Voter Choice and Parliamentary Politics: An Emerging Research Agenda." accepted for publication, British Journal of Political Science.

  • "Race and Turnout in U.S. Elections: Exposing Hidden Effects." 2010. Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol. 74(2): 286-318. In collaboration with Benjamin Deufel.

  • "Coalition-Targeted Duvergerian Voting: How Expectations Affect Voter Choice under Proportional Representation." 2009. American Journal of Political Science, 53(2): 307-323. In collaboration with Matias Bargsted.

Accompanying Materials. | Replication Materials (zipped):

  • "How Voters Work around Institutions: Policy Balancing in Staggered Elections." 2006. Electoral Studies. 25(3): 509-527.

  • "Multi-Level Modeling for Large Clusters." Editor. Political Analysis, fall 2005. Special Issue. Table of Contents. Introduction. In collaboration with W. Phillips Shively.

  • "How Diffusion of Power in Parliaments Affects Voter Choice." 2005. Political Analysis, 13(4): 410-429.

  • "When Moderate Voters Prefer Extreme Parties: Policy Balancing in Parliamentary Elections." 2005. American Political Science Review, 99(2): 185-199.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • How Electoral Districts Shape Representation (funded by the ERC Starting Grant)

  • The Changing Gender Gap in Voting


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