Prof. Dr. Miquel Pellicer Gallardo

Miquel Pellicer Gallardo


Contact information

+49 6421 28-24530 miquel.pellicer@ 1 Ketzerbach 63
35032 Marburg
M|01 Institutsgebäude (Room: 004 resp. 00/0040)

Organizational unit

Philipps-Universität Marburg Zentrum für Konfliktforschung (ZfK)

I am professor of inequality and poverty at the Center for Conflict Studies and research affiliate at SALDRU, University of Cape Town. My research home is the Inequality and Distributive Politics (IDP) research group. At the IDP webpage you can see my research projects, my publications, as well as other resources such as a blog, a research digest, and maps of inequality and politics in Marburg.

  • Vita

    I obtained my PhD at the European University Institute. Before joining Philipps University Marburg, I was Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town and held Senior Researcher positions at GIGA Institute for Global and Area Studies, and the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg Essen in Germany.

    Here is a link to my CV.

  • Research Interests

    Distributive Politics
    Multidimensional Inequality
    Political behavior
    Demand for redistribution
    Psychology of poverty and inequality
    Social policy evaluation

  • Teaching

    I teach the following seminars in conflict studies and political science:

    Understanding Socioeconomic Inequality
    Social Science Perspectives on Poverty
    Contentious Politics in Africa
    Class, Gender, and Ethnic Inequalities
    Multidimensional Inequality

    A guide to quantitative research methods in peace & conflict studies
    Legitimizing or Challenging Inequality
    Clientelism in Developing Democracies
    Political Psychology of Class and Identity
    Applied Distributive Justice

    In my seminars, students not only discuss texts, but also conduct data analyses, with any skills required for data analysis provided in class.

  • Office Hours

    Office hours will be held online until further notice. Please request an appointment by email.

  • Current Projects

    Politicians and the Reproduction of Wealth (2023-2027) funded by the VW foundation

    Unequal Democracy in Brazil and South Africa (2023-2026) funded by the DFG

    The Demand Side of Clientelism (2017-2021)

  • Recent Publications

    Pellicer, M., E. Wegner, (forthcoming) “What is bad about clientelism? Citizen perceptions in South Africa and Tunisia” Electoral Studies.

    Pellicer, M. and V. Ranchhod (2023) “Understanding the effects of racial classification in Apartheid South Africa”. Journal of Development Economics,

    Awarded the Francis Wilson Memorial Prize for best article published in a peer reviewed journal on development issues in South Africa.

    Kincaid, H., Pellicer, M., E. Wegner (2023), “Philosophy of Science Issues in Clientelism Research”, in, Kincaid H., and J. Van Bouwel (Eds.) Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Political Science, pp. 395–418.

    Pellicer, M. and E. Wegner (2023). “Clientelism in MENA elections”, in F. Cavatorta and V. Cesta, eds Routledge Handbook on Elections in the Middle East and North Africa, pp. 366-377.

    De Juan, A., C. Koos, M. Pellicer and E. Wegner (2022) “Can reconstruction programmes improve political perceptions in conflict contexts? Evidence from eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo” South African Journal of Economics, 90 (4), pp. 427-455.

    Wegner, E., M. Pellicer, M Bayer, and C. Tischmeyer (2022) “Citizen Assessments of Clientelistic Practices in South Africa”, Third World Quarterly, 43 (10), pp. 2467-2487.

    Pellicer, M., E. Wegner, M. Bayer, and C. Tischmeyer (2022), “Clientelism from the Client's Perspective: A Meta-Analysis of Ethnographic Literature”, Perspectives on Politics. 20 (3), pp. 931-947.

    Pellicer, M., R. Assaad, C. Krafft and C. Salemi (2022), “Grievances or Skills? The Effect of Education on Youth Political Participation in Egypt and Tunisia”, International Political Science Review, 43 (2), pp. 191-208.

    Barbabela, L. M. Pellicer and E. Wegner (2021) “Court Performance and Citizen Attitudes Towards Fighting Corruption” Governance, 35 (3), pp. 717-735

    Pellicer, M., E. Wegner, L. Benstead and E. Lust (2021) “Poor people’s beliefs and the dynamics of clientelism”, Journal of Theoretical Politics, 33 (3), pp. 300-332

    Pellicer, M., E. Wegner and A. de Juan, “Preferences for the Scope of Protest” (2020), Political Research Quarterly, 74 (2), pp. 288-301.

    Chelwa, G. M. Pellicer and M. Maboshe (2019), “The impact of teacher pay on the quality, retention and productivity of teachers in Zambia”, South African Journal of Economics, 87(3), pp. 255-282.

    Pellicer, M. and P. Piraino (2019), “Effect of non-personnel resources on educational outcomes: Evidence from South Africa” Economic Development and Cultural Change, 67(4), pp. 907-934.

    Pellicer, M., P. Piraino and E. Wegner (2019), “Perceptions of inevitability and demand for redistribution: Evidence from a survey experiment”, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 159 (March 2019), pp. 274-288.

    Pellicer, M. (2018) “The evolution of returns to education in the Middle East and North Africa: Evidence from comparable education policy reforms in Tunisia” Economics of Education Review 62, pp.183-191.

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