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George Tridimas is Professor of Political Economy at Ulster University.He obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from the University of Athens and a Master’s and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford. Before joining Ulster University, he held positions at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and the University of Reading in England.George's research interests are in political economy, public economics and law and economics. He has published widely in topics such as mechanisms of collective decision-making, including elections, referendums and power-sharing arrangements in divided societies, the emergence and fall of direct democracy in ancient Athens, the size of government, the allocation of public expenditure, publicly provided goods and the economic behaviour of the private sector, and the economic analysis of the judiciary. His work combines theory, analysis of policy and applied econometrics and has a strong interdisciplinary element borrowing from history, political science and law. At various times his research was funded by the British Academy and the ESRC.George has held various visiting fellowships in Canada, the Czech Republic, Romania and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently serving as a member of the editorial boards of the European Journal of Political Economy and Constitutional Political Economy, and is Co–editor–in–Chief of the German – Greek Yearbook of Political Economy.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Oxford

Master, University of Oxford

Bachelor, University of Athens


  • HB Economic Theory
  • HJ Public Finance
  • JF Political institutions (General)

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Research Output 2007 2019

Open Access
Public policy
Political parties

Divided Government: the king and the council

Tridimas, G., 2019, The Oxford Handbook of Public Choice. Congleton, R., Grofman, B. & Voigt, S. (eds.). Vol. Oxford University Press. p. 44-60 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

separation of powers
constitutional court
right of ownership

On the definition and nature of fiscal coercion

Tridimas, G. & Winer, S., 16 Feb 2019, James M. Buchanan: A Theorist of Political Economy and Social Philosophy,. Wagner, R. (ed.). p. 487-509 (Remaking Economics: Eminent Post-War Economists, Robert A. Cord, managing editor; vol. III).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Public finance

The debate about the nature of the ancient Greek economy: 19th century German scholarship and modern economic theory

Tridimas, G., 12 Aug 2019, German-Greek Yearbook of Political Economy Volume 2 2019. Munich, Vol. Volume 2. p. 3-25 25 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Decision Making
Rational Choice
3 Citations (Scopus)

The failure of ancient Greek growth: institutions, culture and energy cost

Tridimas, G., 30 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Institutional Economics. 15, 2, p. 327-350 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
failed state
technological progress

Activities 2018 2019

  • 2 Publication Peer-review

Springer (Publisher)

George Tridimas (Reviewer)
1 Jun 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review

Homo Oeconomicus (Journal)

George Tridimas (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication Peer-review