André Freire

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André Freire
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Born April 25, 1961
Citizenship Portuguese
Alma mater ISCTE-IUL
Occupation Political Science, Sociology

André Freire (born 1961, Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese Full Professor of Political Science at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon University Institute, and a senior researcher at CIES-IUL

Career and civic activities[edit]

André Freire is a Full Professor of Political Science at ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon University Institute.,[1] and a senior researcher at CIES-IUL.[2]  He has been conducting research in the fields of Political Behaviour and Political Attitudes[3] (both on voters and political representatives), Political Representation, Political Elites and Political Institutions,[4] both at the national and international levels. He has lectured about these topics and also has several publications in different languages in books, book chapters and articles in academic periodicals.[5] Freire has received several awards and scholarships related to his research[6]

Moreover, Freire has also been collaborating with several publications in the Portuguese press, on a regular basis with the Público[7] (2006 to 2016) and the Jornal de Letras[8] (2017 to present date) newspapers, having also been a political commentator on televisions (RTP,[9] TVI[10] and SIC[11]), radios (Antena 1,[12] TSF,[13] etc.) and other newspapers (DN,[14] Expresso,[15] Jornal I,[16] Económico,[17] Jornal de Negócios,[18] etc.).

Civically, he is a member of the National Union of Higher Education (SNESup)[19] and has supported several manifestos[20] and petitions,[21] namely defending the collaboration among the Portuguese left-wing parties to govern,[22] since the 2009 Portuguese legislative elections.

He participated in the blog Ladrões de Bicicletas[23] (in English: «Bicycle Thieves»), from 2007 to 2010, and is a co-creator of the blog A Vaca Voadora[24] (in English: «The Flying Cow»), where he continues to participate since 2016.

Selected publications[edit]

Books (author)[edit]

Freire, André (2006), Esquerda e Direita na Política Europeia. Portugal, Espanha e Grécia em Perspectiva Comparada, Lisboa, Imprensa de Ciências Sociais; English translation: Left and Right in European Politics. Portugal, Spain and Greece in Comparative Perspective (2006)

March, Luke, and Freire, André (2012), A Esquerda Radical em Portugal e na Europa: Marxismo, Mainstream ou Marginalidade?, Porto, Quid Novi; English translation: The Radical Left in Portugal and Europe: Marxism, Mainstream or Marginality? (2012)

Freire, André (2017), Para lá da «Geringonça»: O Governo de Esquerdas em Portugal e na Europa, Lisboa, Contraponto; English translation: Beyond the «Contraption»: The Leftist Government in Portugal and Europe (2017)

Books (editor)[edit]

Freire, André, Marina Costa Lobo & Pedro Magalhães (editors) (2007), Portugal at the Polls. The 2002 Legislative Elections, Lanham, MD: Lexington.

Freire, André (editor) (2011), Eleições e Sistemas Eleitorais no século XX Português: Um Balanço Histórico e Comparativo, Lisboa, Colibri; English translation: Elections and Electoral Systems on the Portuguese XX century: An Historical and Comparative balance (2011)

Freire, André (editor) (2012), O Sistema Político Português, séculos XIX-XXI: Continuidades e Ruturas, Coimbra, Almedina; English translation: The Portuguese Political System, centuries XIX-XXI: Continuities and Ruptures (2012)

Freire, André, Mélany Barragan, Xavier Coler, Marco Lisi & Emmanouil Tsatsanis (editors) (2020), Political representation in Southern Europe and Latin America: Crisis or Continuing Transformation following the Great Recession and the Commodity Crisis? Edited volume for Routledge book series “Routledge Research on Social and Political Elites”, forthcoming May 2020.

Lisi, Marco, André Freire & Emmanouil Tsatsanis (editors) (2020), Political Representation and Citizenship in Portugal: from Crisis to Renewal?, Lexington Books – Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming April 2020.

Articles (or edition of special issues) in international peer reviewed journals[edit]

Freire, André (2006), “Bringing Social Identities Back In: The Social Anchors of Left-Right Orientation in Western Europe”, International Political Science Review, 27 (4), 359–378. DOI:

Costa, Olivier, André Freire Jean-Benoit Pilet (2012), Editors of the Symposium “Political representation in Belgium, France, and Portugal: MPs and their constituents in very different political systems”, organized for the journal Representation – Journal of Representative Democracy, Volume 48 (4), pp. 351–418. (4 articles plus introduction).

Freire, André & Ana Belchior (2013), “Ideological Representation in Portugal: MPs-Electors Linkages in Terms of Left-Right Placement and Substantive Meaning”, Journal of Legislative Studies, 19, No.1 (March 2013), pp. 1–21. DOI:

Freire, André, Marco Lisi, Ioannis Andreadis & José Manuel Leite Viegas (2014), Editors of the Special Issue “Political Representation in times of Bailout: Evidence from Portugal and Greece”, South European Society and Politics, Vol. 19, nº 4, pp. 413–559 (6 articles plus introduction).

Freire, André (2015), “Left-Right Ideology as a Dimension of Identification and as a Dimension of Competition”, Journal of Political Ideologies, Volume 20, Nº1, pp. 43–68. DOI:

Freire, André & Marco Lisi (2016), Editors of the Dossiê “id=3180/ Political Parties, Citizens and the Economic Crisis: the Evolution of Southern European Democracies”, Portuguese Journal of Social Science, Vol. 15, Nº 2, pp. 153–274 (articles on Cyprus, by Yiannos Katsourides – University of Cyprus; Greece, by Emmanouil Tsatsanis – CIES-IUL; Spain, by Lucia Medina – UAB; Italy, by Marco Lisi - FCSH-UNL; & Portugal, by André Freire - ISCTE-IUL; – plus introduction by André Freire & Marco Lisi).

Freire, André, and Kats Kivistik (2016), «Regime transition, value conflicts and the left-right divide at the mass level: The Baltic States and Southern Europe compared», Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Vol. 49, Nº 4, pp. 293–311 (within the 2016 special issue on «The transformations of far right and far left in Europe». Guest Editor, Marlene Laruelle). DOI:

Freire, André, & Kivistik, Kats (2018), «Authoritarian legacies and mass left-right regime support in new democracies: The Baltic States and Southern Europe compared», Comparative European Politics, Volume 16 (2), pp 249–270. DOI: 10.1057/cep.2015.25


  1. ^ "Professors at the Department of Political Science and Public Policy, at ISCTE-IUL". ISCTE-IUL. April 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "Research team at CIES-IUL". CIES-IUL. April 8, 2020.
  3. ^ Portugal at the Polls: in 2002.
  4. ^ "Elections and Political Representation". Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  5. ^ "André Freire's publications".
  6. ^ "André Freire's Curriculum Vitae: Awards and Scholarships". Ciência IUL. April 8, 2020.
  7. ^ "André Freire | Politólogo". PÚBLICO (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  8. ^ "Visão | Ficha Técnica". Visão (in Portuguese). 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  9. ^ "André Freire analisa candidatura de Fernando Nobre" (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  10. ^ "Últimas notícias de Política | TVI24". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  11. ^ "SIC Notícias | A Propósito 13-07-2013A situação politica no País". SIC Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  12. ^ Portugal, Rádio e Televisão de. "Politólogo André Freire alerta Cavaco Silva para riscos de marcar eleições no mesmo dia". Politólogo André Freire alerta Cavaco Silva para riscos de marcar eleições no mesmo dia (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  13. ^ "Presidente do governo regional catalão em Lisboa para falar sobre autodeterminação da região". TSF Rádio Notícias (in Portuguese). 2019-03-25. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  14. ^ "André Freire - DN". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  15. ^ "André Freire: "Os jornalistas só se indignam com o Sr. Orbán ou a esquerda na América Latina. Quando são os judeus, não se vê grande sururu"". Jornal Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  16. ^ "André Freire. 'Na TSU, o PSD fez muito bem. Isto não é uma aliança com todo o mundo'". ionline (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  17. ^ Ralha, Leonardo (2019-10-14). "Sondagem Aximage: Maioria julga que António Costa sabia o que se passou em Tancos". O Jornal Económico (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  18. ^ "André Freire: O PS tem sempre tentado ser o mais flexível possível". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  19. ^ "Quatro mil assinaturas contra a precariedade na ciência e no superior - JN". (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  20. ^ "O que une Tony Carreira a Eduardo Lourenço? O manifesto "não TAP os olhos"". Jornal Expresso (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  21. ^ "Bloco de Esquerda condemns repression in Catalonia and demands the release of the political prisoners". Esquerda. Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  22. ^ ""Geringonça" deu mais democracia e precisa de programa a prazo - André Freire". Porto Canal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  23. ^ "Ladrões de Bicicletas". Retrieved 2020-04-09.
  24. ^ "André Freire". a vaca voadora (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-04-09.

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