Ms Valerie Belu

MPhil (Oxford), BA (Oxford)


Valerie is a DPhil student in Politics at Nuffield College, and a Stipendiary Lecturer in Politics at St Hilda's College.


Valerie teaches Comparative Government to undergraduates.


Valerie's research is focused on contemporary constitutional reform, as well as historical democratization. Her DPhil thesis investigates whether differences n the sequencing of institutional changes affect the processes of democratic transition, by examining European cases of 'First Wave' democratization.


Schleiter, Petra, Valerie Belu and Robert Hazell (2017). “Hung Parliaments and the Need for Clearer Rules of Government Formation”, The Political Quarterly, 88 (3), pp. 404-411.

Schleiter, Petra and Valerie Belu (2016). “The Decline of Majoritarianism in the UK and the Fixed-term Parliaments Act”, Parliamentary Affairs, 69 (1), pp. 36-52.

Schleiter, Petra and Valerie Belu (2015). “The Challenge of Periods of Caretaker Government in the UK”, Parliamentary Affairs, 68 (2), pp. 229-247.

Gay, Ooonagh, Petra Schleiter and Valerie Belu (2015). “The Coalition and the Decline of Majoritarianism in the UK”, The Political Quarterly, 86 (1), pp. 118-124.

Schleiter, Petra and Valerie Belu (2014). “Avoiding Another 'Squatter in Downing Street' Controversy: The Need for Better Caretaker Conventions before the 2015 General Election”, The Political Quarterly, 85 (4), pp. 454-461.