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, 2018, ‘What do good governments actually do?: An analysis using European procurement data’. European Political Science Review, vol 10., pp. 369-391
  2. Popa, M, 2018, ‘Inheritance, Urbanization, and Political Change in Europe’. European Political Science Review.
  3. Popa, M, 2015, ‘Elites and Corruption: A Theory of Endogenous Reform and a Test Using British Data’. World Politics, vol April 2015.
  4. Popa, M, 2014, ‘The Distributive Effects of Corruption’. Political Science Research and Methods, vol 2., pp. 273-296

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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