Professor Sara Hobolt

Professor Sara Hobolt

Sutherland Chair in European Institutions

Department of Government

+44 (0)207 955 6153
Room No
CBG 4.34
Office Hours
Tuesdays 14:00 - 15:30
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Key Expertise
Elections, Voting Behaviour, Referendums, EU Politics, Public Opinion

About me

Sara Hobolt is the Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and professor in the Department of Government and the European Institute. Previously, she has held posts at the University of Oxford and the University of Michigan. She is Vice Chair of the European Election Studies (EES), an EU-wide project studying voters, parties, candidates and the media in European Parliamentary elections, and the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project EUDEMOS: Constrained Democracy: Citizens’ Responses to Limited Political Choice in the European Union.

Sara has published extensively on elections, referendums, public opinion and European Union politics. Her most recent books are Blaming Europe? Responsibility without Accountability in the EU (Oxford University Press, 2014, with James Tilley) and Democratic Politics in a European Union Under Stress (Oxford University Press, 2014, co-edited with Olaf Cramme).

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).

Research interests

  • Elections and voting behaviour
  • Referendums
  • European Union politics
  • Public opinion
  • Political parties

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV4J4: Citizen Representation and Democracy in the European Union
  • EU421: Policy-Making in the European Union


Blaming Europe? Responsibility without Accountability in the EU
(Oxford University Press, 2014, with James Tilley)

A Comprehensive study of the attribution of responsibility in the EU, 'Blaming Europe?' explains why voters attribute credit and blame for policy outcomes to different levels of governance. The book presents findings based on a unique set of data that gathers together both individual opinions from surveys in all 27 member states as well as experiments and political context. 'Blaming Europe?' has important implications for debates on the quality of democratic accountability in the EU and the legitimacy of EU institutions.

My research