Politics. Statistics. Rants.

I am a political scientist working in the fields of political behavior, democratic representation, European politics, political economy, and quantitative methodology. I use this page to share some thoughts, codes, and publications.

Research Interests
Comparative politics

How do voters decide whom to vote for and how do they react to new information? Are they sufficiently informed for democracy to work well? When do politicians respond to changes in public opinion – and when should they?

European politics

Is the EU succeeding at making its legislative processes more efficient, democratic, and transparent? Are EU policy-makers responsive to public opinion? Are they able to deal with the imbalances of the Eurozone?

Research methods

How can we estimate political actors' ideological positions? How can we account for the biases respondents display when answering surveys? What are the small-sample properties of the estimators used in political science?

Recent posts and publications
Legend w/ line type for filled boxes in R

I am one of those people who actually like R's base graphics. Sure, ggplot is nice and all, but you… Read More

EU reforms and legislative efficiency

One of the key motives behind recent reforms of the EU’s legislative process has been to increase efficiency. This study… Read More

A categorization theory of spatial voting

This article presents a categorization theory of spatial voting, which postulates that voters perceive political stances through coarse classifications. Because… Read More

Jørgen Bølstad
Jørgen Bølstad

I am currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow / Assistant Professor at Arena – Center for European Studies at the University of Oslo. I have previously been a Post-Doctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the Center for Comparative and International Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. I have also been a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University, a PhD Fellow of the Research Council of Norway, and (simultaneously) a PhD Researcher at the European University Institute (EUI), in Florence, Italy. Before that, I obtained an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics (LSE). Over the last ten years, I have taught a number of courses on topics such as democratic representation, European integration, and research methods. The latter include MA- and PhD-level courses on research design and concept formation, essential mathematics and statistics, time series and panel analysis, and causal inference with observational data.