Dr Mircea Popa

Dr Mircea Popa

Dr Mircea Popa
Lecturer in Politics with Quantitative Research Methods

G3, 10 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 928 8398
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School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

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I am a Lecturer in Politics with Quantitative Research Methods at the University of Bristol. My research interests include the political economy of institutions, corruption, and development. I finished my Ph.D. at Harvard in May 2013.

My academic website: https://sites.google.com/site/mpopaweb/


I am interested in political economy and comparative politics, especially the study of corruption, rent-seeking, economic development, and financial crises.


At Bristol I teach units on quantitative research methods and political corruption. The two research methods units I teach in are SPAI20014: Conducting a Research Project Using Secondary Data (second-year undergraduate), and Advanced Quantitative Methods (MSc level). In addition, I am also offering the third-year unit Political Corruption. 

Fields of interest

Political economy, comparative politics.

Latest publications

  1. Popa, M, 2017, ‘What do good governments actually do? An analysis using European procurement data’. European Political Science Review.
  2. Popa, M, 2015, ‘Elites and Corruption: A Theory of Endogenous Reform and a Test Using British Data’. World Politics, vol April 2015.
  3. Popa, M, 2014, ‘The Distributive Effects of Corruption’. Political Science Research and Methods, vol 2., pp. 273-296

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