I am a senior lecturer in Comparative Politics. My research and teaching interests include comparative European politics, political parties and party systems, as well as democratisation, autocratisation and regime change. I have a grounding both in qualitative and quantitative research methods.
I am also a founding member of the Preference Matcher consortium, which unites academics from a number of European universities and has deployed Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) in more than thirty countries in Europe and beyond. VAAs are online platforms that match voters to parties and candidates at election time by canvassing their views on the key issues of the day.
My specific areas of expertise are the following:
- European party systems and voter allignments in an age of globalisation
- Dimensions of political competition: Are "left" and "right" still relevant?
- Development and exploitation of VAAs
- Politics and society the former Soviet Union.
Teaching and supervision
I teach the following module pathways:
- Nationalism and Regime Change (Pathway: Democracy, Autocracy and Regime Change)
- State and Society: Europe and the United States (Pathway: State and Society in Europe)
I also deliver lectures in a number of other modules. These include the Masters module "Advanced Research in International Relations", the first year module "Politics in Comparative Perspective" and the second year module "Researching Politics and International Relations"
I am happy to supervise PhD projects that fall within my area of expertise.
My main research 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;
- Politics and society the former Soviet Union.
Centres and institutes
Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution
- My Vote Choice 2021: Creating an online tool for the 2021 Election to the Welsh Parliament (01/09/2020 - 31/08/2022), funded by: British Academy, funding amount received by Brookes: £8,000
Isaacs R, Wheatley J, Whitmore S, 'Culture Wars in the Post-Soviet Space'
Europe-Asia Studies 73 (8) (2021) pp.1407-1417
ISSN: 0966-8136 eISSN: 1465-3427Abstract Published here
Wheatley JM, 'The politics of culture and identity in post-communist states: A new political cleavage in Georgia?'
Europe-Asia Studies 73 (8) (2020) pp.1508-1530
ISSN: 0966-8136 eISSN: 1465-3427Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Wheatley J, Mendez F, 'Reconceptualising dimensions of political competition in Europe: A demand side approach'
British Journal of Political Science 51 (1) (2019) pp.40-59
ISSN: 0007-1234 eISSN: 1469-2112Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Gemenis, K, Mendez F, Wheatley J, 'Helping Citizens to Locate Political Parties in the Policy Space: a Dataset for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament'
Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences 4 (1) (2019) pp.13-26
ISSN: 2452-3666Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Garry J, Tilly J, Matthews N, Mendez F, Wheatley J, 'Does receiving advice from Voter Advice Applications (VAAs) affect public opinion in deeply divided societies? Evidence from a field experiment in Northern Ireland'
Party Politics 25 (6) (2018) pp.854-861
ISSN: 1354-0688 eISSN: 1460-3683Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Garry J, Matthews N, Wheatley J, 'Dimensionality of Policy Space in Consociational Northern Ireland'
Political Studies 65 (2) (2017) pp.493-511
ISSN: 0032-3217 eISSN: 1467-9248Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Wheatley J, 'Cleavage Structures and Dimensions of Ideology in English Politics: Evidence From Voting Advice Application Data'
Policy & Internet 8 (4) (2016) pp.457-477
ISSN: 1944-2866 eISSN: 1944-2866Abstract Published here Open Access on RADAR
Wheatley J, 'Restructuring the policy space in England: The end of the Left–Right paradigm?'
British Politics 10 (3) (2015) pp.268-285
ISSN: 1746-918X eISSN: 1746-9198Abstract Published here
Wheatley J, 'Identifying Latent Policy Dimensions from Public Opinion Data: An Inductive Approach'
Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 25 (2) (2014) pp.215-233
ISSN: 1745-7289 eISSN: 1745-7297Abstract Published here
Wheatley J, Carman C, Mendez F, Mitchell, J, 'The dimensionality of the Scottish political space: Results from an experiment on the 2011 Holyrood elections'
Party Politics 20 (6) (2014) pp.864-878
ISSN: 1354-0688 eISSN: 1460-3683Abstract Published here
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.