Patrícia Calca is a political scientist (Ph.D.). Currently, she is a Post-Doctoral Fellow funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology with a double affiliation CIES-ISCTE / University of Mannheim – Chair of Comparative Government and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Data and Methods (University of Konstanz). She obtained her Doctorate in Political Science (specialization in Comparative Politics) from the University of Lisbon – Institute of Social Science and holds a Master’s Degree and a University Degree (Licenciatura), both pre-Bologna, in Political Science from the Technical University of Lisbon – ISCSP. Previously, she worked at the Technical University of Kaiserslautern, the University of Mannheim, the Open University (Portugal), the Lisbon University Institute, CIES (Portugal) and the University of Évora, CISA-AS (Portugal). Patrícia was a research visiting scholar at the New York University, the University of Mannheim and the University of Barcelona. She is an associate researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History – New University of Lisbon. Her research is inter-disciplinary and centers on political institutions; comparative politics and comparative political economy; EU; legislative behaviour and decision-making (governments, parliaments, and parties); public policy analysis; political accountability/responsiveness and corruption. In her dissertation entitled: Government’s Decision: A Theoretical and Empirical Study on Legislative Initiative as Strategic Behaviour, she developed and tested a formal model of legislative decision-making where she showed, with original data from Portugal (1982-2009), that majority status changes the strategic decisions of governments towards law proposals. Her work is published, among others, in Parliamentary Affairs, Crime, Law and Social Change, Rowman & Littlefield – Lexington Books, Nação e Defesa, Bertrand.For further details visit her website or download her CV.