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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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Measuring party positions in Europe: The Chapel Hill expert survey trend file, 1999–2010
Ryan Bakker, Catherine de Vries, Erica Edwards, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly et al.
Party Politics, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Moving to the center can be costly for left-wing parties.
Johannes Karreth, Jonathan Polk
The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, Magazine article 2015
Magazine article

What is making it so difficult for Greece’s ruling coalition to govern effectively?
Ryan Bakker, Seth Jolly, Jonathan Polk
The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post, Newspaper article 2015
Newspaper article

Mapping Europe’s Party Systems: which parties are the most right-wing and left-wing in Europe?
Ryan Bakker, Seth Jolly, Jonathan Polk
The London School of Economics and Political Science European Politics and Policy Blog: 14 May 2015, Magazine article 2015
Magazine article

Three findings from the 2015 Swedish Party Membership Survey
Ann-Kristin Kölln, Jonathan Polk
Politologerna, Magazine article 2015
Magazine article


Trust Matters: The Impact of Ingroup and Outgroup Trust on Nativism and Civicness
M. M. L. Crepaz, Jonathan Polk, R. S. Bakker, S. P. Singh
Social Science Quarterly, Journal article 2014
Journal article

The European Common Space: Extending the Use of Anchoring Vignettes
R. Bakker, S. Jolly, Jonathan Polk, K. Poole
Journal of Politics, Journal article 2014
Journal article

Anchoring the Experts: Using Vignettes to Compare Party Ideology Across Countries
Ryan Bakker, Erica Edwards, Seth Jolly, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny et al.
Research and Politics, Journal article 2014
Journal article


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