Dr Jonathan Wheatley

Lecturer in Comparative Politics

I am a lecturer in Comparative Politics and the topics I have taught include democratisation, nationalism and state-building in a comparative perspective. In terms of research, my main interests are: comparative democratisation; European party systems and voter allignments in an age of globalisation; the use of online voting guidance tools (also known as Voting Advice Applications or VAAs) and their exploitation for research purposes; and politics and society the former Soviet Union. I have a grounding both in qualitative research methods and in some quantitative methods; in terms of the latter, I have experience using psychometric techniques (factor analysis and Mokken Scale Analysis) for analysing survey data.

I am also a founding member of the Preference Matcher consortium (www.preferencematcher.org), which unites academics from a number of European universities and has deployed VAAs in more than thirty countries in Europe and beyond.

Publications

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters

Books

  • Loada, Augustin and Wheatley, Jonathan eds. (2014). Transitions Dcratiques en Afrique de l’Ouest: Processus constitutionnels, société civile et institutions démocratiques.   Paris: L’Harmattan.

  • Wheatley, Jonathan and Mendez, Fernando eds. (2013). Patterns of Constitutional Design: The Role of Citizens and Elites in Constitution-Making. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2005). Georgia From National Awakening to Rose Revolution: Delayed Transition in the former Soviet Union. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Journal articles

  • Garry, John, Matthews, Neil and Wheatley, Jonathan (2016).  “Dimensionality of Policy Space in Consociational Northern Ireland”. Political Studies. 10.1177/0032321716658917.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2016), “Cleavage Structures and Dimensions of Ideology in English Politics: Evidence From Voting Advice Application Data”. Policy & Internet 8(4): 457-477.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2015). “Restructuring the policy space in England: The end of the Left-Right paradigm?” British Politics, 10(3): 268-285.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2015). “Identifying Latent Policy Dimensions from Public Opinion Data: An Inductive Approach”. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 25(2): 215-233.
  • Germann, Micha, Mendez, Fernando, Wheatley, Jonathan and Serdlt, Uwe (2015).  “Spatial Maps in Voting Advice Applications: The case for dynamic scale validation”. Acta Politica, 50(2): 214-238.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan, Carman, Christopher and Mendez, Fernando (2014). “The dimensionality of the Scottish political space: Results from an experiment on the 2011 Holyrood elections”. Party Politics, 20(6): 864-878.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2012). “Using VAAs to Explore the Dimensionality of the Policy Space: Experiments from Brazil, Peru, Scotland and Cyprus”. International Journal of Electronic Governance, 5(3/4).
  • Radnitz, Scott, Wheatley, Jonathan and Zuercher, Christoph (2009). “The Origins of Social Capital: Evidence from a Survey of Post-Soviet Central Asia.” Comparative Political Studies, 42(6): 707-732.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan and Zuercher, Christoph (2008). “On the Origin and Consolidation of Hybrid Regimes: The State of Democracy in the Caucasus.” Taiwan Journal of Democracy, 4(1): 1-31.

Book chapters

  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2017). “A Problem or a Solution? The Referendum as a Mechanism for Citizens’ Participation in Constitution Making". In: Ruth, Saskia P., Welp, Yanina and Whitehead, Laurence eds. Let the People Rule? Direct Democracy in the Twenty-First Century. Colchester: ECPR Press.
  • Mendez, Fernando and Wheatley, Jonathan (2014). “Using VAA-generated Data for MappingParty Supporters in the Ideological Space”. In: Garcia, Diego and Marschall, Stefan eds. Matching Voters with Parties and Candidates: Voting Advice Applications in a Comparative Perspective. Colchester: ECPR Press.
  • Mendez, Fernando and Wheatley, Jonathan (2013). “Introduction”. In: Wheatley, Jonathan and Mendez, Fernando eds. Patterns of Constitutional  Design.
  • Mendez, Fernando and Wheatley, Jonathan (2013). “The Constitution-making Process: An analytical framework”. In: Wheatley, Jonathan and Mendez, Fernando eds. Patterns of Constitutional Design.
  • Mendez, Fernando and Wheatley, Jonathan (2013). “Patterns of Constitution-making over Timeand Space”. In: Wheatley, Jonathan and Mendez, Fernando eds. Patterns of Constitutional Design.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan and Germann, Micha (2013). “Outcomes of Constitution-Making: Democratization and Conflict Resolution”.  In: Wheatley, Jonathan and Mendez, Fernando eds. Patterns of Constitutional Design.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2013). “Constitution-Making in West Africa”. In: Wheatley, Jonathan and Mendez, Fernando eds. Patterns of Constitutional Design.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2013). “Conclusion”. In: Wheatley, Jonathan and Mendez, Fernando eds. Patterns of Constitutional Design.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2013). “Informal and Formal Institutions in the Former Soviet Union”. In: Giordano, Christian and Hayoz, Nicolas eds. Informality in Eastern Europe: Structures, Political Cultures and Social Practices. Peter Lang: Bern.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2013). “The use of the power consolidation referendum: Experiences from the Former Soviet Union”. In: Good, Andrea and Platipodis, Bettina eds. Direkte Demokratie: Herausforderungen zwischen Politik und Recht (Festschrift für Andreas Auer zum 65. Geburtstag). Bern: Stämpfli Verlag.
  • Welp, Yanina and Wheatley, Jonathan (2012). “The uses of Digital Media for Contentious Politicsin Latin America.” In: Anduiza, Eva, Jensen, Michael James and Jorba, Laia eds. Digital Mediaand Political Engagement Worldwide. A Comparative Study. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2012). “The Disruptive Potential of Direct Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies.” In: Marxer, Wilfred ed. Direct Democracy and Minorities.  Weisbaden (Germany): Springer VS.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan and Verena Fritz (2011). “Chapter 6 (Central Asia).” In: Haynes, Jeffrey ed. Routledge Handbook of Democratization. Abingdon (UK) and New York: Routledge.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2010).  “Managing Ethnic Diversity in Georgia: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.” In: Jones, Stephen F. (ed.), War and Revolution in the Caucasus: Georgia Ablaze. Abingdon (UK) and New York: Routledge.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2010). “The Case for Asymmetric Federalism in Georgia: A Missed Opportuntity.” In: Weller, Marc and Nobbs, Katherine eds. Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2010). “Georgia's Democratic Veneer: Scraping the Surface.” In: Baracani, Elena ed. Democratization and Hybrid Regimes: Institutional Anchoring and Domestic Dynamics in European Post-Soviet States. Florence: European Press Academic Publishing.
  • Wheatley, Jonathan (2007). “‘Civic’ and ‘Ethnic’ Nationalism Revisited: The Conceptualisationof State, Nation and Citizen in the Former Soviet Union.” In: Parzymies, Stanislaw ed. OSCE and Minorities. Assessment and Prospects. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Scholar.