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Jorge Fernandes

Visiting Scholar 2018-2019

Residency Dates: September 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019


Jorge Fernandes

Jorge Fernandes is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He received his Ph.D. in social and political sciences in 2013 from the European University Institute. His main research interests are political representation, political parties and coalitions, electoral systems, and legislatures.

During his time at CES, Fernandes will examine the extent to which parliamentary legislation across Europe is representative of minority populations. Using an original dataset, he aims to investigate two questions: a) how parliamentary questions are used as tools to maintain substantive representations of minority constituents and b) how representatives with minority backgrounds can gain access to key legislative positions. Fernandes’ research will examine eight European parliamentary democracies over a 25-year period.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon
  • Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University


  • Jorge M. Fernandes, Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Carsten Schwemmer. “Election proximity and representation focus in a party-constrained environment.” Party Politics, 2017.
  • Jorge M. Fernandes, Florian Meinfelder and Catherine Moury. “Wary partners: Strategic portfolio allocation and coalition governance in parliamentary democracies.” Comparative Political Studies, 2016, pp. 1270-1300.
  • Jorge M. Fernandes and Pedro C. Magalhães. “Government survival in semi-presidencial regimes.” European Journal of Political Research, 2016, pp. 61-80.
  • Jorge M. Fernandes, Lucas Geese and Carsten Schwemmer. "The impact of candidate selection rules and electoral vulnerability on legislative behaviour in comparative perspective." European Journal of Political Research, 2018.

Research Project

Who speaks for ethnic minorities in European legislatures?


Political Science