Dr Diane Bolet

Department of Government
Dr Diane Bolet



I am a political scientist and comparativist, specialising in voting behaviour, public opinion, and far-right politics in Europe. My research focuses on the role that changes in (local) context, media, and public policy can play in affecting political attitudes and behaviour, using observational and experimental data. I held positions at King’s College London, the University of Zurich, and the University of Durham before starting my lectureship at Essex.


  • PhD in Political Science London School of Economics, (2020)

  • MSc in European Politics London School of Economics, (2016)

  • MSc in European Politics Sciences Po, (2015)

  • BA in International Politics King's College London, (2014)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Political Behaviour, Government, University of Essex (1/8/2023 - present)

Other academic

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Political Science, University of Zurich (2/8/2021 - 31/7/2023)

  • Lecturer in Comparative Politics, Government and International Affairs, Durham University (1/9/2021 - 16/3/2022)

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Public Policy, King's College London (7/10/2019 - 30/7/2021)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • The Psychology of Politics (GV505)

  • Political Psychology (GV928)


Journal articles (5)

Bolet, D., (2023). The janus-faced nature of radical voting: Subjective social decline at the roots of radical right and radical left support. Party Politics. 29 (3), 475-488

Bolet, D., Green, F. and González-Eguino, M., (2023). How to Get Coal Country to Vote for Climate Policy: The Effect of a “Just Transition Agreement” on Spanish Election Results. American Political Science Review, 1-16

Campbell, R. and Bolet, D., (2022). Measuring MPs’ Responsiveness: How to Do it and Stay Out of Trouble. Political Studies Review. 20 (2), 175-183

Bolet, D., (2021). Drinking Alone: Local Socio-Cultural Degradation and Radical Right Support—The Case of British Pub Closures. Comparative Political Studies. 54 (9), 1653-1692

BOLET, D., (2020). Local labour market competition and radical right voting: Evidence from France. European Journal of Political Research. 59 (4), 817-841



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