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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. From December 2019, I am on partial leave from the department to take a position as Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen.

Areas of interest

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

Current research

My research is focused on the role of political parties in contemporary democracies. I am particularly interested in how citizens participate in politics through parties, and the internal relationship between party members and party leadership.

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


Party members in Europe may not actually vote for their candidates. Here's what's going on.
Ann-Kristin Kölln, Jonathan Polk
The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, Magazine article 2017
Magazine 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


The Swedish general election: a final look at the polls and party platforms.
Jonathan Polk, Henrik Oscarsson
The London School of Economics and Political Science European Politics and Policy Blog, Magazine article 2016
Magazine article

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