Fernando Casal Bértoa is assistant professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Nottingham.
Prior to this, he was a Nottingham Research Fellow working on the three-year research project 'The Institutionalisation of European Party Systems: Explaining Party Competition in 48 democracies (1848-2016)'.
Until 2013 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leiden where he participated in the large-scale research project on the 'Legal Regulation of Political Parties in Post-war Europe' (funded by the European Research Council, and led by Ingrid van Biezen).
Fernando studied Law (cum laude) at the University of Navarra as well as Political Science (cum laude) at the University of Salamanca. After specialising in Eastern and Central European Studies (magna cum laude) at Jagiellonian University (Cracow), he obtained his PhD at the European University Institute (Florence) with his dissertation The Institutionalization of Party Systems in East Central Europe: Explaining Variation.
He is currently co-director of the Centre for Comparative Political Research, and co-chair of the Council for European Studies (CES) 'Political Parties, Party Systems and Elections' Research Network. His work has been published in European Journal of Political Research, Sociological Methods and Research, West European Politics, Party Politics, Democratization, Political Studies Review, European Constitutional Law Review, Political Studies Review, Government and Opposition, International Political Science Review, South European Society and Politics, and East European Politics.
He is currently writing a book with Zsolt Enyedi (CEU) for OUP, entitled Party System Closure: Alliances and Innovations in Europe between 1848 and 2016.