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Pippa Norris (born 10 July 1953) is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Australian Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project.

Pippa Norris
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Born (1953-07-10) 10 July 1953 (age 64)
London, England
Nationality Anglo-American
Alma mater
Known for Comparative political science
Awards Johan Skytte Award, Doris Graber Award, Australian Laureate and Kathleen Kitzpatrick Fellowships, National Science Foundation
Economic and Social Research Council
Scientific career
Institutions Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government, University of Sydney, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy)



Norris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Philosophy from Warwick University, and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Politics from the London School of Economics (LSE). Prior to joining Harvard in 1992, she taught at the University of Edinburgh.


Her research compares public opinion and elections, democratic institutions and cultures, gender politics, and political communications in many countries worldwide. One of the most cited political scientists in the world,[1] ranked 4th most cited in political science by Google Scholar, she has published more than forty books and numerous articles. Her approach is essentially large-N problem-oriented evidence-based comparative political science which attempts to raise large theoretical ideas tackling theoretically interesting debates and addressing pressing real-world policy concerns around the world.

Her research started in the field of gender politics, seeking to compare the barriers to women in elected office (in her books on Politics and Sexual Equality[2] and Rising Tide[3]). This developed into the broader study of elections, public opinion, and voting behavior, especially in Britain and Europe (such as her co-authored book On Message[4]) and the edited book on Critical Citizens.[5] This, in turn, led naturally to her work on campaign communications and the impact of the traditional news media (A Virtuous Circle[6]) and internet (Digital Divide[7]). Interest in culture created research with Ron Inglehart using the World Values Survey,[8] including comparative studies of religion (Sacred and Secular) and global flows of information (Cosmopolitan Communications). A period heading democratic governance in the UNDP spurred books analyzing the underlying institutions most effective for development (including Driving Democracy and Making Democratic governance Work). Most recently, her interests have come together under the umbrella of the Electoral Integrity Project, generating a series of authored and edited books (such as Why Electoral Integrity Matters).

Awards and recognitionEdit

In 2014, she was received the Karl Deutsch Award[9] for her contribution to interdisciplinary research by the International Political Science Association. In 2011 Norris and Ronald Inglehart were awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for "contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global context, transcending previous mainstream approaches of research".[10] Other honors include a Doctor Honoris Causa awarded by the University of Edinburgh, an Australian Research Council Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellowship, and the Political Studies Association of the UK 'special recognition' award.

In December 2017, Norris was awarded the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize 'for the significant contribution she has made as a major political thinker and in helping to shape academic research on democracy, electoral integrity, and populism–all issues that are relevant now more than ever.'[11]



  • Pippa Norris. 2015. Why Elections Fail. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris. 2014. Why Electoral Integrity Matters. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris. 2012. Making Democratic Governance Work: The Impact of Regimes on Prosperity, Welfare and Peace. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris. 2011. Democratic Deficit: Critical Citizens Revisited. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart. 2009. Cosmopolitan Communications: Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World. New York: Cambridge University Press
  • Pippa Norris. 2008. Driving Democracy: Do Power-Sharing Institutions Work? New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris. 2005. Radical Right: Voters and Parties in the Electoral Market. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart. 2004. Sacred and Secular: Politics and Religion Worldwide. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris. 2004 Electoral Engineering: Voting Rules and Political Behavior. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris. 2003. Rising Tide: Gender Equality & Cultural Change around the World. Coauthored with Ronald Inglehart. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris. 2002. Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris. 2001 Digital Divide? Civic Engagement, Information Poverty and the Internet Worldwide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 303.
  • Pippa Norris. 2000 A Virtuous Circle? Political Communications in Post-Industrial Democracies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 398.
  • Pippa Norris, John Curtice, David Sanders, Margaret Scammell]] and Holli A. Semetko. 1999. On Message. Sage.
  • Pippa Norris. 1997. Electoral Change Since 1945. Sage.
  • Pippa Norris and Joni Lovenduski. 1995. Gender, Race, and Class in the British Parliament. Cambridge University Press.
  • Pippa Norris. 1990. British By-elections. Blackwell.
  • Pippa Norris. 1986. Politics and Sexual Equality. Lynne Reinner.

Edited books

  • Contentious Elections coedited with Richard Frank and Ferran Martinez i Coma, Routledge, 2015).
  • Advancing Electoral Integrity (coedited with Richard Frank and Ferran Martinez i Coma, Oxford University Press 2014),
  • Comparing Democracies 4 (coedited with Lawrence LeDuc and Richard Niemi, Sage 2014)
  • Public Sentinel: News Media and the Governance Agenda (World Bank 2009).
  • Britain Votes 2005 (co-edited with Christopher Wlezien, Sage 2005),
  • Framing Terrorism (coedited with Marion Just and Montague Kern, Routledge 2003),
  • Britain Votes 2001 (Oxford University Press 2001),
  • Critical Citizens (Oxford University Press 1999),
  • Critical Elections (coedited with Geoffrey Evans, Sage 1999),
  • The Politics of News (coedited with Doris Graber and Denis McQuail 1998 CQ Press, 2nd edition 2007),
  • Elections and Voting Behaviour (1998),
  • Britain Votes 1997 (Oxford University Press 1997),
  • Women, Media and Politics (Oxford University Press 1997),
  • Politics and the Press (1997),
  • Passages to Power (1997),
  • Comparing Democracies (coedited with Lawrence LeDuc and Richard Niemi, 1996, 2nd ed. 2002, 3rd edition Sage 2009),
  • Women in Politics (coedited with Joni Lovenduski, Oxford University Press 1996),
  • Different Voices, Different Lives(coedited with Joni Lovenduski and Marianne Githens, 1994),
  • Gender and Party Politics (coedited with Joni Lovenduski, Sage 1993),
  • British Elections & Parties Yearbook (coedited, 1991, 1992, 1993).

Her work has been published in more than a dozen languages (French, German, Dutch, Italian, Swedish, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Croatian, Pashtu, Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Korean, and Japanese).

Journals articles include those published in the British Journal for Political Science, Political Studies, Political Communication, the European Journal of Political Research, the International Political Science Review, Electoral Studies and Legislative Studies, amongst others, and she co-founded and edited The Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics.


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  2. ^ Pippa Norris. 1978. Politics and Sexual Equality. Lynne Reinner Press
  3. ^ Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris. 2003. Rising Tide: Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around the World. New York: Cambridge University Press
  4. ^ Pippa Norris, et al. 1999 On Message: Communicating the Campaign. London: Sage Publications
  5. ^ Pippa Norris. Ed. 1999. Critical Citizens: Global Support for Democratic Governance. New York: Oxford University Press
  6. ^ Pippa Norris. 2000. A Virtuous Circle: Political Communications in Post-Industrial Democracies. New York: Cambridge University Press
  7. ^ Pippa Norris. 2001. Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty, and the Internet Worldwide. New York: Cambridge University Press
  8. ^ World Values Survey
  9. ^ IPSA Karl Deutsch Award
  10. ^ Johan Skytte Prize, University of Bergen. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "World-leading political scientist wins Berlin Prize". Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney. 8 December 2017. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 

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