Professor Catherine De Vries

Department of Government
Professor Catherine De Vries
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    +44 (0) 1206 876307

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    5B.106, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday & Tuesday 10-11 am



I work as a Professor of Politics in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. I am also an associate member of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford and affiliated Professor at the University of Amsterdam. I act as an editor of Research & Politics, dedicated to publishing short and accessible articles in an open source format. I have a strong commitment to unravelling some of the most important societal and political problems facing Europe today, such as the electoral ramifications of the Euro crisis, the rise of Euroscepticism, or the success of extremist parties. To this purpose, I coordinate large-scale projects collecting data on parties and public opinion towards Europe, facilitate interactions between academics and practitioners, and train young scholars in the area of European politics.


  • PhD Free University Amsterdam with coursework University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Political economy

Public opinion

Political parties, elections and European integration

Current research

For my current research, see my website

Teaching and supervision

  • Scientific Reasoning for the Social Sciences (GV110)


Journals (33)

De Vries, CE., Hobolt, SB. and Tilley, J., (2018). Facing up to the facts: What causes economic perceptions?. Electoral Studies. 51

De Vries, CE., (2017). The cosmopolitan-parochial divide: changing patterns of party and electoral competition in the Netherlands and beyond. Journal of European Public Policy

De Vries, CE. and Solaz, H., (2017). The Electoral Consequences of Corruption. Annual Review of Political Science. 20 (1)

De Vries, CE., (2017). Benchmarking Brexit: How the British Decision to Leave Shapes EU Public Opinion. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. 55

Hobolt, SB. and de Vries, C., (2016). Turning against the Union? The impact of the crisis on the Eurosceptic vote in the 2014 European Parliament elections. Electoral Studies. 44

Hobolt, SB. and de Vries, CE., (2016). Public Support for European Integration. Annual Review of Political Science. 19 (1)

Hobolt, SB. and de Vries, CE., (2015). Issue Entrepreneurship and Multiparty Competition. Comparative Political Studies. 48 (9)

Bakker, R., de Vries, C., Edwards, E., Hooghe, L., Jolly, S., Marks, G., Polk, J., Rovny, J., Steenbergen, M. and Vachudova, MA., (2015). Measuring party positions in Europe: The Chapel Hill expert survey trend file, 1999–2010. Party Politics. 21 (1)

van de Wardt, M., De Vries, CE. and Hobolt, SB., (2014). Exploiting the Cracks: Wedge Issues in Multiparty Competition. The Journal of Politics. 76 (4)

Spoon, J-J., Hobolt, SB. and de Vries, CE., (2014). Going green: Explaining issue competition on the environment. European Journal of Political Research. 53 (2)

de Vries, CE. and Giger, N., (2014). Holding governments accountable? Individual heterogeneity in performance voting. European Journal of Political Research. 53 (2)

de Vries, CE., (2013). Ambivalent Europeans? Public Support for European Integration in East and West. Government and Opposition. 48 (03)

Harteveld, E., Meer, TVD. and Vries, CED., (2013). In Europe we trust? Exploring three logics of trust in the European Union. European Union Politics. 14 (4)

Harbers, I., de Vries, CE. and Steenbergen, MR., (2013). Attitude Variability Among Latin American Publics: How Party System Structuration Affects Left/Right Ideology. Comparative Political Studies. 46 (8)

van der Pas, D., de Vries, C. and van der Brug, W., (2013). A leader without a party: Exploring the relationship between Geert Wilders' leadership performance in the media and his electoral success. Party Politics. 19 (3)

Schumacher, G., de Vries, CE. and Vis, B., (2013). Why Do Parties Change Position? Party Organization and Environmental Incentives. The Journal of Politics. 75 (2)

de Vries, C. and Steenbergen, M., (2013). Variable Opinions: The Predictability of Support for Unification in European Mass Publics. Journal of Political Marketing. 12 (1)

De Vries, CE. and Marks, G., (2012). The struggle over dimensionality: A note on theory and empirics. European Union Politics. 13 (2)

Arnold, C., Sapir, EV. and de Vries, C., (2012). Parties' Positions on European Integration: Issue Congruence, Ideology or Context?. West European Politics. 35 (6)

De Vries, CE. and Hobolt, SB., (2012). When dimensions collide: The electoral success of issue entrepreneurs. European Union Politics. 13 (2)

Walczak, A., van der Brug, W. and de Vries, CE., (2012). Long- and short-term determinants of party preferences: Inter-generational differences in Western and East Central Europe. Electoral Studies. 31 (2)

Hakhverdian, A., van der Brug, W. and de Vries, C., (2012). The emergence of a ‘diploma democracy’? The political education gap in the Netherlands, 1971–2010. Acta Politica. 47 (3)

Adams, J., De Vries, CE. and Leiter, D., (2012). Subconstituency Reactions to Elite Depolarization in the Netherlands: An Analysis of the Dutch Public's Policy Beliefs and Partisan Loyalties, 1986–98. British Journal of Political Science. 42 (01)

Ezrow, L., De Vries, C., Steenbergen, M. and Edwards, E., (2011). Mean voter representation and partisan constituency representation: Do parties respond to the mean voter position or to their supporters?. Party Politics. 17 (3)

de Vries, CE., van der Brug, W., van Egmond, MH. and van der Eijk, C., (2011). Individual and contextual variation in EU issue voting: The role of political information. Electoral Studies. 30 (1)

de Vries, CE. and Tillman, ER., (2011). European Union issue voting in East and West Europe: The role of political context. Comparative European Politics. 9 (1)

de Vries, CE., (2010). EU issue voting: Asset or liability?: How European integration affects parties' electoral fortunes. European Union Politics. 11 (1)

HOOGHE, L., BAKKER, R., BRIGEVICH, A., DE VRIES, C., EDWARDS, E., MARKS, G., ROVNY, J., STEENBERGEN, M. and VACHUDOVA, M., (2010). Reliability and validity of the 2002 and 2006 Chapel Hill expert surveys on party positioning. European Journal of Political Research. 49 (5)

De Vries, CE., (2009). The Impact of EU Referenda on National Electoral Politics: The Dutch Case. West European Politics. 32 (1)

De Vries, CE. and Edwards, EE., (2009). Taking Europe to its extremes: Extremist parties and public Euroscepticism. Party Politics. 15 (1)

de Vries, CE., (2007). Sleeping giant: Fact or fairytale?: How European integration affects national elections. European Union Politics. 8 (3)

Steenbergen, MR., Edwards, EE. and de Vries, CE., (2007). Who's cueing whom?: Mass-Elite linkages and the future of European integration. European Union Politics. 8 (1)

de Vries, CE. and van Kersbergen, K., (2007). Interests, Identity and Political Allegiance in the European Union. Acta Politica. 42 (2-3)

Books (1)

De Vries, CE., (2018).Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration. Oxford University Press. 0198793383

Chapters (3)

Van Der Brug, W., Van Der Pas, D., Van De Wardt, M., Van Klingeren, M., De Vreese, C., De Lange, S., De Vries, C., Boomgaarden, H. and Vliegenthart, R., (2014). New lines of conflict: European integration and immigration. In: Social Conflict Within and Between Groups. 151- 165. 9781315772745

De Vries, CED. and Arnold, C., (2013). Making the polity: Exploring the linkage between European citizens' and political elites' preference for European union public policy. In: Cultural Diversity, European Identity and the Legitimacy of the EU. 201- 218. 9781848446298

Arnold, C. and De Vries, CE., (2009). The influence of public opinion on policy dynamics: Party and policy responsiveness in the European Union. In: European and North American Policy Change: Drivers and Dynamics. 133- 150. 0203875818

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