Jørgen Bølstad

Associate Professor - Department of Political Science
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Phone +47 22858818
Room 915
Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 31 Eilert Sundts hus blokk B 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1097 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic interests

  • Political psychology
  • Electoral behavior and public opinion
  • Democratic representation
  • Bayesian statistics
  • Development of new statistical models
  • Experiments and quasi-experiments
  • Time series and panel data analysis


Bølstad has studied and worked abroad for about ten years. He started his studies with a BA in political science at the University of Oslo, and an MSc in international political economy at the London School of Economics. He then obtained a PhD in political science from the European University Institute (EUI), in Florence, Italy. During his PhD, he was PhD-Fellow of the Norwegian Research Council, and a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard University. After completing the PhD, he has mainly worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), and at the University of Oslo. Bølstad has considerable experience in teaching research methods and statistics at the MA- and PhD-level.


Bølstad is a member of the Norwegian Academy for Young Researchers – an organization founded in 2015, at the initiative of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. A presentation of Bølstad's work and his thoughts on academia can be found on AYF’s webpage, here, while press coverage of the announcement of the membership can be found here (both links are in Norwgian).

Dissemination and media activities

Bølstad har written for, or been interviewed by, most of the major newspapers in Norway (including Aftenposten, Morgenbladet, VG, Dagbladet, Klassekampen, and Dagsavisen). He has also appeared numerous times on TV and Radio (mainly on NRK1 and NRK P2). In addition, he is managing the website Estimite.com, which among other things analyses political party support ahead of the next Norwegian parliamentary election.


Bølstad is responsible for the new courses in quantitative methods that will be phased in as parts of the MA in political science over the coming years. He will also take part in teaching STV4020A and be responsible for STV4020B in the fall of 2021.


Bølstad is managing two websites: Boelstad.net, which contains posts on statistics and programming, and Estimite.com, which presents applied political data science projects. 

Tags: Comparative Politics, Democracy, Political Psychology, Electoral Behavior, Public Opinion, Bayesian Statistics, Quantitative Methods, Causal Inference


  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2020). Capturing Rationalization Bias and Differential Item Functioning: A Unified Bayesian Scaling Approach. Political Analysis.  ISSN 1047-1987.  28(3), s 340- 355 . doi: 10.1017/pan.2019.42 Show summary
  • Zhelyazkova, Asya; Bølstad, Jørgen & Meijers, Maurits J. (2019). Understanding responsiveness in European Union politics. Journal of European Public Policy.  ISSN 1350-1763.  26(11), s 1715- 1723 . doi: 10.1080/13501763.2019.1668046
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2017). Is there a rational public?, In Justin Fisher; Edward Fieldhouse; Mark N. Franklin; Rachel Gibson; Marta Cantijoch & Christopher Wlezien (ed.),  The Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behavior and Public Opinion.  Routledge.  ISBN 9781138890404.  30.  s 383 - 393 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen & Dinas, Elias (2017). A Categorization Theory of Spatial Voting: How the Center Divides the Political Space. British Journal of Political Science.  ISSN 0007-1234.  47(4), s 829- 850 . doi: 10.1017/S0007123415000393
  • Bølstad, Jørgen & Elhardt, Christoph (2017). Capacity, Willingness, and Sovereign Default Risk: Reassuring the Market in Times of Crisis. Journal of Common Market Studies.  ISSN 0021-9886.  56(4), s 802- 817 . doi: 10.1111/jcms.12620 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Bølstad, Jørgen & Cross, James P. (2016). Not all treaties are created equal: the effects of treaty changes on legislative efficiency in the EU. Journal of Common Market Studies.  ISSN 0021-9886.  54(4), s 793- 808 . doi: 10.1111/jcms.12349 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2015). Dynamics of European Integration: Public Opinion in the Core and Periphery. European Union Politics.  ISSN 1465-1165.  16(1), s 23- 44 . doi: 10.1177/1465116514551303
  • Bølstad, Jørgen & Cross, James P. (2015). Openness and Censorship in the European Union: An Interrupted Time-Series Analysis. European Union Politics.  ISSN 1465-1165.  16(2), s 216- 240 . doi: 10.1177/1465116514560066
  • Bølstad, Jørgen & Elhardt, Christoph (2015). To Bail Out or Not to Bail Out? Crisis Politics, Credibility, and Default Risk in the Eurozone. European Union Politics.  ISSN 1465-1165.  16(3), s 325- 346 . doi: 10.1177/1465116515575580
  • Bølstad, Jørgen; Dinas, Elias & Riera, Pedro (2013). Tactical Voting and Party Preferences: A Test of Cognitive Dissonance Theory. Political Behavior.  ISSN 0190-9320.  35(3), s 429- 452 . doi: 10.1007/s11109-012-9205-1
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2012). Thermostatic Voting: Presidential Elections in Light of New Policy Data. PS: Political Science and Politics.  ISSN 1049-0965.  45(1), s 44- 50 . doi: 10.1017/S1049096511001697

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  • Fondenes, Yvonne & Bølstad, Jørgen (2021, 02. februar). Innslag om meningsmålinger. [TV].  TV2 Nyhetskanalen.
  • Fossen, Magnus & Bølstad, Jørgen (2021, 05. februar). Statistikkforsker: Under fem prosent sjanse for gjenvalg for Erna.  ABC Nyheter.
  • Gilbrant, Jørgen & Bølstad, Jørgen (2021, 29. januar). Krisemåling for MDG.  Dagbladet.
  • Gilbrant, Jørgen & Bølstad, Jørgen (2021, 28. januar). Stengte ned Norge: Høyre fosser fram, Erna rekordpopulær.  Dagbladet.
  • Masvie, Andreas E. & Bølstad, Jørgen (2021, 03. februar). Norges svar på Nate Silver. [Tidsskrift].  Minerva.
  • Solheim, Ingunn & Bølstad, Jørgen (2021, 04. februar). Politisk kvarter. [TV].  NRK1, NRK P2.
  • Aas, Espen & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 04. november). Dagsnytt 18. [TV].  NRK1, NRK P2.
  • Almås, Gry Blekastad & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 29. september). Presidentvalget i USA 2020. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Almås, Gry Blekastad & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 23. september). Urix - Faktakrigen. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 05. november). Dagsrevyen. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 04. november). Dagsrevyen. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 03. november). Dagsrevyen. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 05. november). Presidentvalget i USA 2020. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 04. november). Presidentvalget i USA 2020. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen; Snipstad, Sofie & Korsvoll, Nils Hallvard (2020). Kan man være uenig i forskning?. morgenbladet.no.
  • Eriksen, Gjermund Stenberg; Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 21. august). Trump mot verden: Lys og varme. [Radio].  NRK. Show summary
  • Eriksen, Gjermund Stenberg; Matheson, Shaun Henrik & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 30. oktober). Trump mot verden: Den siste fredagen. [Radio].  NRK.
  • Eriksen, Gjermund Stenberg; Matheson, Shaun Henrik & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 06. november). Trump mot verden: Vinneren!. [Radio].  NRK.
  • Eriksen, Marianne Hem; Gjesteland, Thomas & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020). «All forskning er vel ikke like bra?» En arkeolog, en fysiker og en statsviter svarer. morgenbladet.no.
  • Fermariello, Ugo & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 03. november). Dagsnytt 18. [TV].  NRK1, NRK P2.
  • Fjellanger, Runa & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 11. oktober). Slik kan Trump vinne – tross dårlige meningsmålinger.  VG.
  • Jåsund, Birger Kolsrud & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 25. august). Nyhetsmorgen. [TV].  NRK1, P2, Alltid Nyheter.
  • Paust, Thomas & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 14. oktober). Donald Trumps predikerte vinnersjanse er nøyaktig lik som på samme tid i 2016.  Nettavisen.
  • Solvang, Fredrik & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 05. november). Debatten. [TV].  NRK1.
  • Tjønndal, Anne; Bølstad, Jørgen & Eikenes, Åsmund Husabø (2020). Hva er det minst næringsrelevante du har forsket på?. Morgenbladet.  ISSN 0805-3847.
  • Tønset, Arne Egil & Bølstad, Jørgen (2020, 26. september). Helgemorgen. [TV].  NRK P2 og NRK1.
  • Andersen Johnsen, Christine; Solheim, Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen & Bølstad, Jørgen (2019, 10. oktober). UiS-forskere er valgt ut som medlemmer av eksklusivt akademi.  Stavanger Aftenblad.
  • Pentz, Benedicte; Bølstad, Jørgen & Solheim, Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen (2019, 10. oktober). To frå UiS i Akademiet for yngre forskarar. [Internett].  https://www.uis.no/om-uis/nyheter-og-presserom/to-fra-uis-i-.
  • Vartdal, Ragnhild; Fimland, Øystein; Solheim, Marte Cecilie Wilhelmsen & Bølstad, Jørgen (2019, 10. oktober). 12 nye yngre forskarar i Akademiet. [Internett].  khrono. Show summary
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2018). A Bayesian State Space Model of Public Opinion: Making the Most of the Eurobarometer.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2018). Modeling Voter Rationalization: A Bayesian Approach.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2018). Responsiveness and the Issue of Causality: A Second Look at the Case of European Directives.
  • Uleberg, Martin & Bølstad, Jørgen (2018, 23. juni). Presset Merkel møtte Macron til formøte i Meseberg: Går for reform.  Klassekampen.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2017). Not So Similar After All? On Non-Convergence in the Eurozone.
  • Bølstad, Jørgen (2016). Public Opinion and European Integration: How Leadership Creates the Illusion of Responsiveness.

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