Dr Thiago Nascimento da Silva

Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), M.Sc. (University of São Paulo)
Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Political Science 4408
  • Comparative Government And Politics 440803

Research interests

  • Comparative Politics 
  • Political Institutions 
  • Political Economy
  • Coalition Governments
  • Legislative Studies
  • Political and Economic Inequalities


Thiago Nascimento da Silva received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, USA, and joined the ANU's School of Politics and International Relations in 2022. Prior to coming to the ANU, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Mannheim, Germany. His research focuses on comparative politics, with an emphasis on political institutions and political economy. Thiago's research projects have addressed the dynamics of coalition governments in presidential and parliamentary democracies, policy-making processes, and political and economic inequalities. In his recent research, Thiago also examines the consequences of coalition governments on voter behavior and party competition, and the role of the opposition on coalition governance. Thiago's work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the European Journal of Political Research, Political Science Research and Methods, Legislative Studies Quarterly, the Sage Handbook of Political Behavior, and others.

Researcher's projects

  • "Voter's Perceptions of Party Brands." With David Fortunato and Laron Williams. [Under contract with Cambridge University Press.]
  • "When Do Different Systems of Government Lead to Similar Power-Sharing? The Case of Government Formation." [Forthcoming at Political Science Research and Methods.]
  • "Challenging Governments: Committee Leadership and the Role of the Opposition in Parliamentary Democracies." With Thomas König and Nick Lin. [Forthcoming at the European Journal of Political Research.]
  • What About Us? Political Competition, Economic Performance, Immigration, and Nativist Appeals.” With Andrea Junqueira and Guy Whitten. [Forthcoming at Social Science Quarterly.]
  • "Are All Coalition Parties Treated the Same? The Costs of Being a Coalition Member in Presidential and Parliamentary Systems." With Andrea Junqueira and Guy Whitten.
  • "Cooperation and Competition in Coalition Governance." With Thomas König and Xiao Lu.
  • "The Influence of Ministers on Policymaking Processes."
  • "The Role of Prime-Ministers on Government Survival." With Thomas König, Katsunori Seki and Galina Zudenkova.
  • "The Fragility of Presidentialism: A Reconsideration." With Alejandro Medina and William R. Clark. 
  • "Strongholds or Islands? Spatial Opportunism and Intergovernmental Transfers." With Andrew Philips and Brett Bessen.
  • "The Transition Period: From Electoral to Cabinet Coalitions in Presidential Democracies." With Adrián Albala.


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