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Jonathan Polk

Senior lecturer

Jonathan Polk
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 6360

Room number: B504
Postal Address: Box 711, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Jonathan Polk


I am an Associate Professor (Docent) in the Department of Political Science and the Centre for European Research (CERGU) at the University of Gothenburg. I completed my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Georgia in 2012.

Areas of interest

My teaching and research interests include political parties, European politics, representation, and political participation in economically advanced democracies.

Current research

I am a member of the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES) research group, which administers web-based surveys to estimate the positions of political party leadership in Europe. I am also the co-principal investigator of the Swedish Party Membership Survey. This project collects and analyzes information on the political attitudes and behavior of over 10,000 members from seven different Swedish political parties.

 Finally, I have an ongoing research project exploring the immediate and long-term effects of ideological repositioning for mainstream political parties in Europe.

Teaching and tutoring

My teaching includes an MA course on European integration theory and research, an undergraduate course on democracy and the European Union, PhD and MA lectures on comparative politics, and supervision of student research on these topics.

Publications and papers

My research has been published in: Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Resesarch, European Union Politics, Party Politics, and the Journal of Politics, among other outlets. Please see my CV for further information about my publications.

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Multidimensional incongruence, political disaffection, and support for anti-establishment parties
Ryan Bakker, Seth Jolly, Jonathan Polk
Journal of European Public Policy, Journal article 2020
Journal article


European Parliament elections preview: Sweden
Linda Berg, Jonathan Polk
The London School of Economics and Political Science European Politics and Policy Blog, Magazine article 2019
Magazine article


Multidimensional incongruence and vote switching in Europe
Ryan Bakker, Seth Jolly, Jonathan Polk
Public Choice, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Welfare Democracies and Multidimensional Party Competition in Europe
Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny
Manow P., Palier B., Schwander H. (eds) Welfare Democracies and Party Politics, Oxford, United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, Chapter in book 2018
Chapter in book

Electoral infidelity: Why party members cast defecting votes
Jonathan Polk, Ann-Kristin Kölln
European Journal of Political Research, Journal article 2018
Journal article


Making Space. A cross-country comparison of party and interest group positioning in multiple policy dimensions
Frida Boräng, Daniel Naurin, Jonathan Polk
ECPR General Conference, Oslo, 6–9 September 2017, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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