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Seth Jolly

Seth Jolly

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325 Eggers Hall

Seth Jolly

Associate Professor, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for European Studies


Comparative Political Analysis
Politics of Europe
Ethnic Conflict
Politics of Globalization
European Union
Quantitative Methods
Political Parties
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Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Duke University, 2006

Areas of Expertise

European politics, political parties, nationalism, European Union

Research Interests

European and European Union politics, political parties, immigration, populism

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Professor Jolly’s research focuses on the interaction of political institutions and political parties in Europe. His 2015 book, "The European Union and the Rise of Regionalist Parties," explores how European integration affects regionalist parties. He is currently working on a project investigating whether parties represent the public in European democracies.

Since 2010, Jolly has served as one of the principal investigators for the Chapel Hill Expert Survey (CHES), one of the most widely used datasets on political party positions. CHES collects expert assessments of party positions on a variety of issues, including left-right ideology, European integration, and immigration. The 2019 trend dataset is publicly available at


Jackson, Daniel and Seth Jolly. 2021. “A new divide? Assessing the transnational-nationalist dimension among political parties and the public across the EU.” European Union Politics 22.2: 316-339.

Bakker, Ryan, Seth Jolly, and Jonathan Polk. 2021. “Analyzing the cross-national comparability of party positions on the socio-cultural and EU dimensions in Europe.” Political Science Research Methods.

Bakker, Ryan, Seth Jolly, and Jonathan Polk. 2020. “Multidimensional incongruence, political disaffection, and support for anti-establishment parties.” Journal of European Public Policy 27.2: 292–309.

Call, Samantha and Seth Jolly. 2020. “Euroscepticism in the Populism Era.” Journal of Politics 82.1 (January): e7–e12.

Bakker, Ryan, Seth Jolly, and Jonathan Polk. 2018. "Multidimensional incongruence and vote switching in Europe.” Public Choice. 176: 267–296.

Jolly, Seth K. The European Union and the Rise of Regionalist Parties. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Bakker, Ryan, Catherine de Vries, Erica Edwards, Liesbet Hooghe, Seth Jolly, Gary Marks, Jonathan Polk, Jan Rovny, Marco Steenbergen and Milada Anna Vachudova. 2015. "Measuring Party Positions in Europe: The Chapel Hill Expert Survey Trend File, 1999-2010." Party Politics 21.1 (January): 143-152.

Bakker, Ryan, Seth Jolly, Jonathan Polk and Keith Poole. 2014. "The European Common Space: Extending the Use of Anchoring Vignettes." The Journal of Politics 76.4 (October): 1089-1101. 

Jolly, Seth and Gerald Digiusto. 2014. "Xenophobia and Immigrant Contact: French Public Attitudes toward Immigration." Social Science Journal 51.3 (September): 464-473.

Jolly, Seth K. 2007. The Europhile Fringe? Regionalist Party Support for European Integration. European Union Politics (March): 109-130.