Today Michal Smrek joined the CONPOL team! Michal is currently a PhD student at the Depertment of Government, Uppsala University. He will defend his thesis on political selection, legislative careers and gender representation on May 11 2019. Michal will be working within the CONPOL project until the end 0f 2019. During his time in the CONPOL project Michal will mainly be studying participatory spill-over effects. More precisely, he will examine whether and, if so, how, getting elected into political assemblies influences the political engagement of relatives and acquaintances of the candidate.