Professor Sara Hobolt

Professor Sara Hobolt

Sutherland Chair in European Institutions

European Institute

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About me

Sara Hobolt is the Sutherland Chair in European Institutions at the European Institute and the Department of Government. She is also an Associate Member of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. 

Professor Hobolt has published extensively on European Union politics, elections and referendums. Her most recent book is Blaming Europe? Responsibility without Accountability in the EU (Oxford University Press, 2014, with James Tilley). She was awarded the Best Book prize by the European Union Studies Association in 2010 for her previous book Europe in Question: Referendums on European Integration (Oxford University Press, 2009). In 2011, she received the APSA emerging scholar award for her contribution to the field of elections, public opinion and voting behaviour.  She was the 2012 winner of the Nils Kim prize, awarded by the Ludvig Holberg Memorial Fund to a young Nordic researcher who has made an outstanding contribution in the social sciences and humanities.  

Professor Hobolt is Chair of the European Election Studies (EES), an EU-wide project studying voters, parties, candidates and the media in European Parliamentary elections. She is a frequent media commentator and has acted as the BBC television election expert in the 2009 and 2014 European elections.

Research Interests 

Her research interests include European Union politics, political behaviour (particularly elections and referendums), public opinion, comparative European politics and institutions, and quantitative methods in political science. She is currently working on an ERC-funded project EUDEMOS: Constrained Democracy: Citizens’ Responses to Limited Political Choice in the European Union as well as an ESRC-funded project on attitudes towards Brexit.

Selected publications

Books/Special Issues 

Cramme, Olaf and Sara B. Hobolt (2014) Democratic Politics in a European Union under Stress. Oxford University Press 

Hobolt, Sara B. and James Tilley (2014) Blaming Europe? Responsibility without Accountability in the European Union, Oxford University Press

Hobolt, Sara B. and Mark Franklin (2011) Electoral Democracy in the European Union . Electoral Studies, 30(1)  

Karp, Jeffrey and Sara B. Hobolt (2010) Voters and Coalition Governments. Electoral Studies, 2010, 29(3) 

Hobolt, Sara B (2009) Europe in Question: Referendums on European Integration, Oxford University Press, 2009. 

Selected Articles 

Tilley, James and Neundorf, Anja and Hobolt, Sara (2017) When the pound in people's pocket matters: how changes to personal financial circumstances affect party choice  The Journal of Politics. (In Press) 

Høyland, Bjørn and Hobolt, Sara and Hix, Simon (2017) Career ambitions and legislative participation: The moderating effect of electoral institutions British Journal of Political Science. (In Press) 

Hobolt, Sara (2016) The Brexit vote: a divided nation, a divided continent Journal of European Public Policy, 23 (9). 1259-1277.

Hobolt, Sara B. and de Vries, Catherine E. (2016) Turning against the union? The impact of the crisis on the Eurosceptic vote in the 2014 European Parliament elections Electoral Studies, 44. 504-514.

Hobolt, Sara B. and de Vries, Catherine E. (2016) Public Support for European Integration Annual Review of Political Science, vol. 19

Hagemann, Sara and Hobolt, Sara B. and Wratil, Christopher (2016) Government responsiveness in the European Union: evidence from council voting Comparative Political Studies , 50 (6). 850-876.

Hobolt, Sara and Tilley, James (2016) Fleeing the centre: the rise of challenger parties in the aftermath of the Euro crisis West European Politics, 39 (5). 971-991

 Wilson, Traci and Hobolt, Sara B. (2015) Allocating Responsibility in Multilevel Government Systems: Voter and Expert Attributions in the European Union The Journal of Politics, 77 (1). 102-113.

Hobolt, Sara and de Vries, Catherine E. (2015) Issue entrepreneurship and multiparty competition Comparative Political Studies, 48 (9). 1159-1185.

Schmitt, Hermann; Hobolt, Sara B.; Popa, Sebastian A. (2015) Does Personalization Increase Turnout? Spitzenkandidaten in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. European Union Politics, 16 (3) 347-368.

Hobolt, Sara B. and Wratil, Christopher (2015) Public opinion and the crisis: the dynamics of support for the euro. Journal of European Public Policy, 22 (2). 238-256. 

Hobolt, Sara B. (2014), A vote for the President? The role of Spitzenkandidaten in the 2014 European Parliament elections Journal of European Public Policy, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2014.941148 

Hobolt, Sara B. Tilley, James (2014), Who's in Charge? Voter Attribution of Responsibility in the European Union Comparative Political Studies, 47 (6). 795-819. 

Hobolt, Sara B (2014) Ever closer or ever wider? Public attitudes towards further enlargement and integration in the European Union. Journal of European Public Policy, 21 (5). 664-680. 

Spoon, Jae-Jae, Hobolt, Sara B. and de Vries, Catherine E. (2014) Going green: explaining issue competition on the environment, European Journal of Political Research, 53 (2). 363-380. 

Hobolt, Sara B., Tilley, James, Banducci, Susan A (2012) 'Clarity of Responsibility: How government cohesion conditions performance voting', European Journal of Poltical Research, forthcoming 

Hobolt, Sara B and Tilley, James and Wittrock, Jill (2012)' Listening to the government: how information shapes responsibility attributions', Political Behavior, forthcoming 

Hobolt, Sara B and Spoon, Jae-Jae (2012), 'Motivating the European voter: parties, issues and campaigns in European Parliament elections', European Journal of Poltical Research, 51, 6, 701-727. 

De Vries, Catherine and Sara B. Hobolt (2012) 'When Dimensions Collide: The Electoral Success of Issue Entrepreneurs', European Union Politics, 13(2) 246-268. 

Hobolt, Sara B. (2012) 'Citizens satisfaction with democracy in the European Union', Journal of Common Market Studies , 50(1); 88-105. 

Hobolt, Sara B. (2012) 'Public Opinion and Integration' in Erik Jones, Anand Menon and Stephen Weatherill (eds) The Oxford Handbook of the European Union, Oxford University Press, forthcoming. 

Hobolt, Sara B. and Bjorn Hoyland (2011) 'Selection and Sanctioning in European Parliamentary Elections' . British Journal of Political Science, 41: 477-498 

Hobolt, Sara B., Wouter van der Brug, Claes H. De Vreese, and Hajo G. Boomgaarden, (2011) 'Religious Intolerance and Euroscepticism'. European Union Politics, 12 (3) 359-379 

Tilley, James and Sara B. Hobolt (2011) 'Is the government to blame? An experimental test of how partisanship shapes perceptions of performance and responsibility'. The Journal of Politics, 73(2), 1-15. 

Hobolt, Sara B. and Jill Wittrock (2011) 'The second-order election model revisited: An experimental test of vote choices in European Parliament elections', Electoral Studies , 30 (1), 29-40. 

Hobolt, Sara B. and Mark Franklin (2011) 'The legacy of lethargy: How elections to the European Parliament depress turnout', Electoral Studies, 30 (1), 67-76. 

Hobolt, Sara B. and Sylvain Brouard (2010) 'Contesting the European Union? Why the Dutch and the French Rejected the European Constitution', Political Research Quarterly, March 2010. 

Hobolt, Sara B. and Jeffrey Karp (2010) 'Voters and Coalition Governments'. Electoral Studies 29(3): 299-307. 

Fisher, Stephen and Sara B. Hobolt (2010) 'Coalition Governments and Electoral Accountability', Electoral Studies 29(3): 358-369. 

van der Brug, Wouter, Sara B. Hobolt and Claes de Vreese (2009) 'Religion and Party Choice in Europe', West European Politics , 32(6): 1266-1283. 

Hobolt, Sara B. and Patrick Leblond (2009) 'Is My Crown Better than Your Euro? Exchange Rates and Public Opinion on the European Single Currency', European Union Politics, 10(2): 209-232. 

Hobolt, Sara B., Jae-Jae Spoon and James Tilley (2009) 'A vote against Europe? Explaining defection at the 1999 and 2004 European Parliament elections', British Journal of Political Science , 39(1): 93-115. 

Green, Jane and Sara B. Hobolt (2008) 'Owning the Issue Agenda: Party Strategies and Vote Choices in British Elections', Electoral Studies, 27: 460-476. 

Hobolt, Sara B. and Robert Klemmensen (2008) 'Government Responsiveness and Political Competition in Comparative Perspective'. Comparative Political Studies , 41: 309-337 

Klemmensen, Robert, Sara B. Hobolt and Martin Ejnar Hansen (2007) ''Estimating policy positions using political texts: An evaluation of the Wordscores approach', Electoral Studies , 26:746-755. 

Hobolt, Sara B. (2007) 'Taking Cues on Europe? Voter Competence and Party Endorsements in Referendums on European Integration'. European Journal of Political Research, 46(2): 151-182. 

Hobolt, Sara B. (2006) 'How Parties Affect Vote Choice in European Integration Referendums'. Party Politics , 12(5): 623-47. 

Hobolt, Sara B. (2006) 'Direct Democracy and European Integration', Journal of European Public Policy 13(1): 153-166. 

Hobolt, Sara B. and Robert Klemmensen (2005) 'Responsive Government? Public Opinion and Policy Preferences in Britain and Denmark', Political Studies 53: 379-402. 

Hobolt, Sara B. (2005) 'When Europe Matters: The Impact of Political Information on Voting Behaviour in EU Referendums', Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 15(1):85-110. 

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